Why a resource for fixing pitchers? Because no one else is doing it!
You already know the number of pitching injuries — at all levels, amateur through MLB — is going up and up and up. Innings limits aren’t helping. Technology isn’t helping. Medical advice is not helping.
For whatever reason, baseball executives, coaches, parents, and pitchers themselves are looking in all the wrong places for assistance in preventing pitching injuries. Much of the information about the pitching motion found on the internet is dangerous to arm health and based on guesswork rather than the science of body movement.
There are three main sources seen by the public as “experts” in pitching performance and/or preventing injury: professional pitchers (be they active or now coaches), surgeons, and what I call “pseudo-scientists.” It is from these three sources that nearly all pitchers, parents, and coaches get their information on pitching. Unfortunately, much of what these three sources are saying is not only untrue, but downright dangerous.
Recently, a new trend of especially alarming misinformation is flooding the internet — training programs and products developed by people who claim to be using science, yet who are not scientists and have neither the background nor the appropriate formal education to position themselves as experts. These “pseudo-scientists” build personal theories about pitching that have neither long-term evidential proof nor the support of the scientific community. Essentially, these hacks are profiting from pitchers they treat as guinea pigs. And that troubles me, because pitchers, parents, and coaches are swallowing these “magic beans” that have been sold under the guise of them being “cutting edge” or “based on scientific research.” The end result? Wasted money, wasted time, and even more injuries.
Pitching injuries are not inevitable — most if not all are absolutely avoidable. It’s time for a voice of hope and reason. That’s what this site is about — giving pitchers hope by changing the way people look at, and think about, baseball pitching.