How are pitchers addressing the need to command the strike zone and velocity while staying healthy today?
Many programs offer one piece of the puzzle in regards to either throwing harder or pitching mechanics. Our program takes the approach that every pitcher is unique and needs an prescription to improve his game. The only way to really address the needs is to assess the player form top to bottom. Physically, mentally and bio-mechanically combining the technology with a experienced, diverse staff can lead to more predictable and measurable gains. We can get to the heart of throwing habits to improve performance and address health concerns before they become an issue.
One size does not fit all and no single training goal can fix the complete motion of the delivery. Multiple disciplines are needed to make a healthy and lasting change.. . using the medical field with help from experienced pitching coaches that use high speed video and data can help any pitcher train more efficiently. Mach 1 pitchers can make healthy changes to pitching delivery through science, experience and data driven coaching. We don’t make it up as we go along.
As pitching coaches, we want to gain knowledge from the medical specialist to formulate a plan for success. Despite playing being on the field at the highest levels for baseball, we understand that we don’t not know everything. We have put together a staff that covers all aspects that are connected to the development of the delivery of a baseball. Throwing harder with a strong healthy arm and understanding of your own body movement is critical to success. Neurological pattern change has to happen to make an adjustment along with physical changes to throw more effective and to stay healthy as you get older.
We work with all pitchers who want to understand their success and failures. We answer the Why! I mean why do you not throw strikes down and away, or why do we struggle to throw a breaking ball or why does my arm hurt after throwing 20 pitches. why do I not throw harder with command? Though assessing a pitcher’s delivery and body, we start to answer the questions and provide a model of improvement through data and our understanding of what the body does or needs to do to throw a baseball healthy and with velocity. Self-awareness is critical when making an adjustment. Having coaches, trainers and doctors available to help train the body and movement patterns is critical to lasting change.
Data and understanding the body lays the foundation to perform on the field with consistency. Staying healthy is staying ahead of your limitations and addressing them before it is too late. If you are throwing with pain, that is a sign that your movement patterns are not fluid or your body is limiting your adjustments on the mound. Accessing one flexibility, strength, and bio-mechanics can unlock many barriers that prevent the pitcher from advancing his career. We can determine the weak links and re-train movement patterns to throw hard, precise and healthy.
The program will start with a initial biomechanical analysis by Dr Winchester and Dr White. From the assessment, and depending on the calendar for his baseball activities, the athlete will then begin his work with Athletic Republic in addressing any areas that are deficient, and begin his training program. Also, depending on the time of the year, the athlete will begin to work on his mechanics, and throwing movement patterns to help make him efficient with his throwing motion. Athletes will work in small groups generally with a coach to student ration of 4 in the bullpen.
What data will there be and how can we track it? After the initial assessment the athletes will begin their training, and will be reassessed in 12 weeks. The data collected in the assessments will be tracked over time. We will be tracking several different pitching specific metrics things like spin rate, velocity, and ball movement thru Rapsodo, arm speed, arm stress and a few other variables as well will be measured with the Motus device. All of these can be tracked and measured to optimize performance and health.
MACH 1 is the first program that includes all areas that an athlete needs to get the best he can be. The 3 groups at the forefront of MACH 1 are leaders in their fields in our region. From the medical biomechanical analysis, to sports performance, to pitching “mechanics” arm health and strengthening, MACH 1 is a comprehensive program under one roof.
Not only will you be seeing and feeling an improvement in movement and mechanics, but you’ll also be seeing a boost in velocity and performance when you start using your body properly. Results on the mound are the end goal — which means COMMAND, VELOCITY, MOVEMENT and HEALTH.
A typical week would be 3-5 days of work, all of which will take place at All-Starperformance. The players individual alendar again will dictate how many work days he has in a given week. All programs will be player specific
I know the training could help increase my velocity, but what else could it help me accomplish as a pitcher?
We believe we can improve your overall athleticism and neuromuscular awareness to improve your ability to spot pitches and throw with greater accuracy (and velocity) deeper into a game.
Two reasons- first, we are trying to accelerate your gain of lean body mass through increased caloric intake. Second, on game day, during tournament play, etc we need you to be armed with strategies to keep you hydrated and fueled so when it is go time, your body is ready.
Erase everything you ever thought of with jogging on a treadmill. Now imagine sprinting for 7-10 seconds up an incline that is 20-25%. Our treadmill training builds power output and stamina- all necessary for enhanced velocity and a successful multi-inning outing.
For convenience we offer training times with a staffed Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist to assist you through your workout. More than likely you will be working with a small group of other pitchers which will allow for camaraderie and fun while you are working hard. Some workouts can be done on your own utilizing our Teambuildr app where we populate the workout of the day complete with how-to videos and voiceovers. Inside our app you are able to track weight loads and show improvement over time. Workouts will consist of power movement such as med ball throws and plyometric jumps, strength training specific to overhead athletes, recovery, mobility and arm care. Our goal is to get you more explosive while decreasing your risk of injury.
Your individual assessment will determine the proportion of time you spend on mechanics vs. the weight room and will also dictate some of the exercises you will be working on with trainers. For example, if we find poor mobility in your hip rotators, we will build in mobility exercises to assist with improving this movement pattern. If your mechanics are solid, but you need more lean body mass to throw with velocity, then your plan will emphasis strength and conditioning while still working on your pitching program.
Regardless of the throwers current health and abilities, we believe that there are certain characteristics in the pitching sequence that will eventually cause problems for the pitcher, meaning it’s only a matter of time before something goes wrong. Very subtle changes can go a long way to improving a players longevity and improve performance as well.
Absolutely not! The research shows that after a pitcher gets Tommy John surgery, the return to sport is favorable for 50% of professional pitchers, but what they don’t show you is the hours and hours of top level rehabilitation that is done to reach that point. And we quickly forget about the 50% that never return to the same level of performance. By proactively seeking to better your biomechanics to prevent the necessity for Tommy John surgery in the future, you save yourself time, energy and money in the long run and potentially add longevity to your baseball career.
Unless you were struck by something or landed on your arm, most injuries are due to some form of improper biomechanics. Anyone can rehabilitate an injury, but the only way to prevent an injury from coming back is by changing the reason it happened in the first place.
Great question! There are many reasons to get a biomechanical, or overall body movement evaluation. Our program benefits throwers with current or past injuries and throwers that have had an entirely healthy career. For throwers that have, or have previously had, an injury our evaluation will give you a better understanding on how to treat your injury properly. For both injured or healthy throwers, we can determine if you are doing something that’s “leaking energy” and causing performance to decline. While working with us, we will likely be able to improve performance, and we can prevent poor biomechanics that could lead to a serious problem down the road.
Spin rate gives us the ability to track how your pitches are perceived and how they move. By utilizing current technology, we are able analyze every parameter that comes into play, which provides us with the data to make you the best pitcher possible. For example, finding out how your arm angle changes the axis of how the ball spins can literally mean the difference of an ineffective pitch to a devastating one.