High School Baseball Training Las Vegas, Over-training young pitchers
In my last post, Baseball Training Las Vegas: Over-Training Young Pitchers, I discussed the common pitfalls in baseball training that lead to injuries and shorter careers. Here, I’ll cover how to address this and get the most out of your high school baseball training Las Vegas, or anywhere.
If we look at the production of an athlete and all the components that make them great we have essentially three tiers:
Tier 1: Skills
This is practice and throwing lots of pitches. Too many student athletes and coaches focus almost exclusively on skills which lead to over-training and often injury. As well as the law of diminishing returns.
Tier 2: Performance
The middle tier is comprised of raw strength, power, and speed. Improving this tier happens in the gym and is the easiest area to improve in, especially when your lifting and conditioning program is focused on exercises specifically for baseball training. High school baseball training is just one of the many sports we focus on at Las Vegas Sports Performance.
Tier 3: Movement
Commonly the area where student athletes lack the most. We develop bad habits and movement patterns over time and sometimes due to previous injuries. If you want to get the best results from your high school baseball training in Las Vegas, or anywhere, have a Functional Movement Screen assessment performed and begin your baseball training this season by addressing any deficiencies in your movement patterns. Your body will thank me.
How to address the three tiers in your high school baseball training program
Let’s take for instance a high school pitcher and categorize skill sets into our three-tier pyramid. The top tier skill of a pitcher is measured by if he can pitch, throw a baseball over the plate again and again for the duration of a game. This is achieved through pitching lessons, bullpens, and breaking down the mechanics of the wind up to hone in the proper skills required.
The middle tier or performance of a pitcher is measured by how hard they can throw. Lifting weights and building up muscle will, in turn, help you throw the ball harder as witnessed by the increase in velocity in pitchers over the years from their freshman to senior years. Many high schools have weight-training programs and help achieve these goals, and this is usually where constructing a strong pyramid stops.
Looking at the pyramid so far we have a top tier that is highly concentrated on repetition, bullpens, and lessons. A middle tier which most of the time gets a moderate amount of focus with a program consisting of weight training, long toss and running.
I want to concentrate on is the bottom tier, the foundation. The Movement Tier is the piece of the puzzle from which the student athlete should be constructed. Without a strong bottom tier, the pyramid is going to collapse. We see this over and over again with the increasing amount of Tommy John surgeries and chronic arm pain our young athletes deal with every season. While they are over-training in the Skills Tier and Working out in weight rooms often without guidance, they are wreaking havoc on their bodies.
So, how do we build this bottom tier in high school baseball training Las Vegas
So, how do we build this bottom tier and what exactly is it going to do for me? First, let’s talk about the adverse effects of having poor movement patterns.
Specifically, in pitchers, I tend to see too much anterior dominance and poor hip mobility. In the high school population, this is mainly caused by having to sit at a desk for multiple hours a day in a flexed hip position. Usually with bad posture leading to a kyphotic curve and loss of mobility through the thoracic spine and hips.
Compound this with walking out to the field and going through the motions of your pre-game/pre-practice routine of running, stretching, then throwing. Without correcting these issues by putting in place an actual sports performance program, you start to chip away at what little of the bottom tier you may have. This pattern continues to happen over weeks, months, and years leading to the eventual collapse of the pyramid.
Success for student athelets in high school baseball training Las Vegas
Building a baseball training program around correcting dysfunctions that affect performance is a critical piece to increasing athleticism, reducing injury, and achieving more in your position.
The physical toll of specializing in repetitive athletic movements like pitching leads to asymmetries in the body of the student athlete. In other words, the body gets out of alignment. These asymmetries cause problems with how the body moves and functions as a whole. And gravely affect performance, joint health, and longevity.
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