Not all injuries are avoidable but most young athletes suffer from overuse injuries such as strained muscles and tendinitis. Proper mechanics are always the number one way to avoid common pitching injuries, but there are three other precautions pitchers can take to keep their bodies healthy.
First is to increase flexibility. Muscle strains and pulled muscles are easily avoided by regular stretching routine. Hip flexibility is a major issue in younger athletes that lead to the majority of minor injuries. Ankle flexibility and stability contribute to shin splints. Lack of Shoulder Internal rotation is the reason why most shoulder pain begins and escalates.
Next is to increase muscle. The demand required by the muscles to perform repetitive motions is very high. Increasing muscle mass to optimal straight to body weight ratios will minimize the majority of overuse injuries.
After taking care of the body, athletes should learn to cycle their training schedules. Athletes can not go 100% every day, all day, year after year. Cycling intensity and type of training throughout the year is how athletes improve strength and flexibility while being able to peak during completion. This is called periodization. Most college and professional athetles follow a peridozaiton model but is not readily offered for younger athletes.
Banded Pitching System is a year round plan that cycles athletes through a professional level periodization schedule that can be followed every year. Strength training, stretching, pitching programs, and recovery exercises designed to be used with the equipment is available for a onetime cost of $249. (On Sale Now For Only $199)
The banded pitching system is specifically designed for fastpitch softball pitchers, our athlete assessments available in the Empire Sports Performance Lab is for all athletes to detect muscle imbalances and tightness that develop into injuries. Exercise programing and periodization models are created based on individual testing results.