Preventing injuries among your pitchers is crucial to ensure you’ve got a strong bullpen. Listen in as Marissa Young shares her recommendations on what to include in a prehab routine so you can keep your hurlers healthy.
Stretch cords: Use this simple and inexpensive piece of equipment to strengthen small muscles through internal and external rotation exercises. Her pitchers are required to start with this before they’re allowed to throw overhand.
Range of motion: Today’s pitchers are experiencing more back injuries due to tightness and inflexibility in the hips. To prevent this, Coach Young recommends including exercises that develop a good range of motion in the hips.
Core: Encouraging pitchers to develop a good range of motion doesn’t just protect their hips. It also strengthens their core muscles. A stronger core protects the back and ensures your pitchers can handle the physical workload of throwing pitch after pitch.
Routine/consistency: Developing an effective routine that your pitchers go through day after day will ensure their entire bodies are primed to handle the stresses of frequent practices and games.
Recovery: This is often the most ignored part of a pitcher’s routine. Yet, what pitchers do after they throw is just as important as what they do before they throw. Coach Young requires her pitchers to adequately warm up before stretching and throwing. After a workout or game, they’re encouraged to use ice to speed recovery.
Watch the video to hear more about prehab routines!