If your goal is to throw harder and perform better.
Better be doing mobility/flexibility work.
I personally love this one with the foam roller.
But the key with the foam roller is passive mobility will NOT give you what you want.
That’s why I like this particular exercise. Because you’re creating that’s link with the brain to say you’re lifting the arm, Lats need to turn down.
(But turn down for what?...sorry. Had to throw that Lil John
Throwers and Overhead Athletes
Here’s a really quick way to improve your shoulder mobility immediately.
Use the Internal Rotation check (hand behind your back) to check your motion first.
Then go into the stretch to open up the joint.
Here’s how you do it.
1️⃣ Use a PVC pipe, broom handle, long dowel rod, samurai sword 🗡 (just kidding don’t do that)
2️⃣ Use it to push straight back and find a stretch. Don’t push into pain.
3️⃣ Hold for 2-3 s
Throw, lift, or hit overhead? Better check internal rotation of your shoulder. Here’s a really fast check to see how flexible your rotator cuff and posterior (back side) shoulder joint is. Flexibility and mobility are so overlooked in developing true strength and even more what you’re actually wanting.... To throw harder, lift better and perform at your peak. You can’t perform at your peak with a lack of good mobility and flexibility. Check o
Shoulder Stretch for Lats. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had to stretch extremely tight Lats on athletes. You can get so much more range out of the shoulder into flexion (reaching up) when they aren’t so tight pulling against you. Here’s a simple stretch to work on to release tight Lats. The key 🔑 is with rotating back into it. That puts the Lats on an incredible stretch. If you’ve been around me, you know I like dynamic stretching. Higher reps. Lower
Hey Throwing Athletes Try this exercise and see how stable your shoulder really is. This is one of my absolute favorites when it comes to stabilizing the shoulder for overhead activity such as a throw. You have to rely on grip, shoulder and shoulder blade strength to get the bell overhead without crashing down on your 💀. AND if you do it right it hits that Serratus Anterior muscle I keep talking about that’s so important! Here’s how you do it. 1️⃣ Turn
Throwing Athletes I’ve seen so many athletes do this exercise the WRONG way. If you care about increasing velocity, performance and reducing risk of injury, you need to get it right. Keys to this one: 🔑 Arm at side. Try not to push the arm away from the side. This uses the deltoids and compensates reducing activity of the rotators. 🔑 Set the shoulder blade first. Down and back. This is where most people go wrong. 🔑 Focus on squeezing using the muscles i
It was junior year of high school. I was starting at short stop, number 2 batter and I would go on to make All-Conference team that year. Things were going great until I went to turn the hardest double play I've ever turned. I mean I put everything into the throw...like everything...then POP. It didn't really hurt much, but my arm went numb from the back of my triceps to fingertips. The feeling quickly came back and I thought I was ok. But then I noticed something. When I