Can a woman teach a pitcher how to improve his pitching?
pitchers from the Major League to the fathers of youth pitchers think so.
Even when I was a little girl, I found myself teaching kids how to play sports that I had never played. I couldn’t stop myself from trying to help, and I was really good at it. They say that good teachers and coaches are born, and I think they’re right. I took my innate talent and combined it with many years of education and experience to become one of this country’s leading specialists in the field of analytical kinesiology for sport motion and the improvement of performance.
My interest in baseball pitching started with a young MLB draft prospect who was strapped with multiple injuries that were threatening his future. Helping him get drafted was the most exciting project of my life. Unfortunately, his career ended too soon. Injuries while playing professionally caused his lifelong dream to come to an abrupt end. I vowed to start saving pitchers from having their dreams shattered. And I will never forget Jared for truly inspiring me…
My knowledge about pitching comes from eating, sleeping, and drinking nothing but pitching for the last twenty years of my 36 years of experience in the field of human movement studies. I focused my seven years of graduate and post-graduate work on the study of pitching mechanics and pitching injuries. I’ve worked with hundreds of great pitchers who have allowed me to test out my theories and create new and better ways of training, preserving, and improving their great talent.
What fascinates me now is how easy it is to get great athletes to understand and integrate new information.
What amazes me is how little pitchers actually know about what their body is supposed to be doing during the pitching motion.
What I really do when I work is connect the dots between what I see and what I don’t see. It is truly an art to see motion so easily, and I am thankful every day for the gift I was given. See How I Work for more information.
Accomplishments that are really special to me:
Invited speaker at the Amercan Sports Medicine Institute:
2016: Connecting the Dots between Pitching Motion Flaws and UCL Injury (Delivery Risk Factors)
2013: How to Teach Efficient Elbow Mechanics
2012: Connecting the Dots Between Biomechanics and Troubleshooting
Invited training specialist for the entire coaching and pitching staff at the University of Pacific (Ed Sprague, Head Coach)
“Baseball Pitching: The Fix” bi-monthly podcast on all things pitching, currently in its 2017 (4th season)
My First-Pitch Strike Warm-up & Recovery Program for the pitching arm: a program that is so cutting edge every pitcher has to have one.
Being invited to instruct at the NorCal Baseball 2010 advanced training clinic for pitchers.
Being invited to teach Anatomical Kinesiology at San Francisco State University in the fall of 2009
Published: Having my first peer-reviewed publication in a scientific journal: Engineering a Strong Pitching Elbow
Published: Writing a great book on the Rotation: how the pitcher produces velocity .
Being a guest speaker at the annual Baseball Conference for the National Strength & Conditioning Association in 2001
Published: Look-It-Up Kinesiology Reference
Getting my Masters Degree…that which made everything else possible.
My Education and Formal Teaching Experience:
Master’s Degree in Exercise Science, San Francisco State University, with my Graduate Project entitled:
The Contribution of the Lower Body and Rotation to the Pitching Motion.
Exercise Science includes the following areas of required specialization:
- Exercise Physiology
- Anatomy & Structural Kinesiology
- Sports Medicine
- Sport Psychology
- Motor Control
Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, University of Illinois & Governors State University, Chicago, Illinois
My Coaching Credentials:
US Olympic Weightlifting coach
Strength & Conditioning coach
Speed & Agility coach
My formal teaching experience:
Instructor, San Francisco State University, Anatomical Kinesiology, Fall, 2009
Instructor, JFK University Masters/PhD Sport Psychology Program, 2004
Instructor, California State University, East Bay, Certificate Program, 1997-2000
Instructor, American College of Sports Medicine, Exercise Psychology, 1999
Extras about me:
I began my study in posture and anatomy by studying bodywork and Rolfing
I began my interest in nutrition when I was 13…and went on to study Holistic Health
I’ve been lifting weights since 1978 and have been doing Olympic Weightlifting for ten years
I’ve been a Yankees fan my entire life
~ You can learn more about Angel at her website Gym Science ~