November 20, 2016
S: Pitchers participating in Courtney Hudson’s Pitcher Development Program (PDP) based out of Huntsville, AL have a level of expectation set by Courtney’s reputation. PDP for 2016 began August 1, 2016 and concludes January 30, 2017.
Parents can trust the main objective is injury prevention. This is accomplished with attention to detail of the pitching mechanics along with physical assessments and strength training programs. Commitment to weekly lessons from both student and instructor is crucial to the development of the pitchers. The long term goal is to help each athlete develop injury free “college bodies” that will impress college coaches, strength coaches and athletic training staff. Second priority is to teach students about muscles, movement patterns, and why each motion is necessary to reach their speed and movement goals. This will arm them with the knowledge to make smart decisions and adjustments in game situations. Long term goal is to develop smart athletes. Third priority is to use the off season to set repeatable mechanics and muscle memory. Once spring games begin, pitchers can focus on game management strategies, pitch sequence and staying one pitch ahead of the batters. The physical part of pitching will be autopilot allowing pitchers to completely focus on strategy.
All students were given the option to participate in sports performance evaluations with Mark Noble at University of Alabama in Huntsville Human Performance Lab. Mark assess athletes on range of motion, muscle kinetic output, and power output of lower extremities. Athletes receive custom stretching and exercise programs based on test results.
O: A total of 35 began the PDP in August, 33 of the original 35 continued through week 14. A total of 7 athletes elected to use Mark Noble for custom workouts and have completed initial evaluations.
The five athletes who initially expressed injuries or performance limiting pain, have experienced improvements or have been released by a doctor. Two other athletes saw doctors for pain and diagnosed with overuse injuries from pitching. One student had a bicep injury which occurred from being the only pitcher on her 18U travel team. The second overuse injury occurred in the stride knee and hip of a student that is one of two pitchers for her 12U travel team. Injuries occurred at the end of their fall seasons.