If you’ve followed my site, you know I’m a big on getting your hips into your pitching delivery. It’s something I talk about in two recent video lessons – here they are again if you missed them:

How Masahiro Tanaka gets his hips into his pitching delivery

Tips for learning to lead with loaded hips in your pitching motion

And working to stay loaded up and getting your hips into your delivery is great but a friend of mine, Josh Heenan, made an excellent point in the comments below the Tanaka post. Josh wrote:

“Many people do not possess the hip mobility to be able to get into that much hip internal rotation, which is something that can often be increased with dedicated joint mobility work. There are also genetic limitations…”

So to continue the discussion, I caught up with Josh the other day to address this issue in more detail. This video is a little different than previous interviews – it’s sort of a discussion / mini-webinar where Josh shares his screen and explains in detail why mobility is so critical for pitchers.

He also shares some great techniques for improving hip mobility and hammers home the need for assessment and individualization in a pitcher’s training program.

So check out the interview/webinar – Josh really knows his stuff!

[h3]Hip Mobility for Pitchers with Josh Heenan[/h3]

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In addition to bringing you guys fresh pitching content with my own instructional articles, videos, etc., one of the things I like to do from time to time is share some of the great pitching-related content I’ve been reading lately. And this week there’s been some good stuff… And as you gear up for the off-season – whether you’re a pitcher, coach or parent – I think these articles provide great perspective and give you some important things to get the most out of your training.

[h5]1. The Truth About CC Sabathia’s Weight[/h5] Eric Cressey is as good as they come – in this piece about one of my former teammates, he does an outstanding job breaking down the Body Mass – Pitching Velocity relationship. Very detailed, with some great insights and factors to consider when assessing your conditioning goals this off-season.

[h5]2. When Should Baseball Players Start Their Offseason Throwing Programs?[/h5] Mike is one of best in the game when it comes to understanding the unique demands of pitching and balancing the goals of performance enhancement and injury prevention. In this piece he raises some important questions, addressing a timely and extremely important topic.

[h5]3. Why Your Conditioning is Hurting Your Performance on the Mound![/h5] Josh Heenan is one of the most knowledgable strength & conditioning coaches you’ll find. Plus, he comes from a baseball background and works with a ton of pitchers – he’s my go-to guy here in CT. In this article he does an excellent addressing some key considerations for maximizing the effectiveness of your conditioning.
 
 

And finally wanted to highlight a recent one from right here in case you missed it…[h5]28 Ways Pitching Prepares You for Life[/h5]I’ve gotten a ton of great feedback on this one, and at over 200 likes and counting it’s been one of my most popular posts yet. Let me know what you think!

dumb-and-dumber-hair-borderSo, it’s been one of those crazy weeks…

Ever feel like you’re being pulled in 1,000 different directions? So rather than scramble and hurry together a new post for you this week, I thought I’d share with you some other great pitching content.

And since I’m actually heading up to see these guys present at a seminar in a couple days, just seemed to make sense.

The seminar I’m attending is titled “Using Medical and Sports Science for Injury Prevention in Sports: The Throwing Athlete”

It’s featuring guys like Eric Cressey, Mike Reinold and Tom House so it should be a great event. After years of pitching and coaching, it’s easy to get complacent and start to think you know everything… Never a good place to be!

So with that in mind, here’s some stuff you should read if you want to deepen your understanding of the pitching process and the unique demands it places on you as an athlete:

Pitching Performance: Understanding Trunk Position at Foot Strike
In this 3 Part Series, Eric Cressey and Matt Blake do a great job breaking down what can be a complicated and confusing subject when it comes to “efficient pitching mechanics.”

What You Need to Know About GIRD: What It Is and What it Isn’t
Very detailed piece by Mike Reinold where he examines range of motion in the throwing arm. He offers some fresh insights here, really questioning the definition of GIRD and how to address it. For more on this, you can also check an article I wrote this spring:
Should Pitchers Stretch to Increase External Rotation

And lastly… we’re coming up on the off-season, so I’m bringing back one of my favorite posts from last year:

5 Steps for Maximizing Your Off-Season Pitching Workouts

[h5]Keep learning. Keep growing. Get better![/h5]
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