A Better Delivery Starts with Better Movements

By Flint Wallace –

 

Why do you train? The obvious answer is to get better. The real question though, is to get better… at what?

 

When I ask players, “What do you want to be better at?”, most of them give a pretty generic answer like velocity, command, or mechanics. So I probe a little further and realize that what they all really want is to move better. They want a more dynamic, explosive, and efficient delivery.

 

A better delivery starts with better movements. As Siff and Verkhoshansky stated in Supertraining, “Sport is a problem-solving activity in which movements are used to produce the necessary solutions.” The problem I encounter with a lot of athletes is they are not presently capable of making the movements that will allow them to optimize their delivery. They do not possess an adequate amount of mobility, stability, strength, endurance, or motor coordination, or a combination of the aforementioned. Basically, they cannot move their bodies through the full range of motion needed to produce a more dynamic, explosive, efficient delivery.

 

 As I learned from Shawn Myszka, every time an athlete performs a movement with a weakness or compensation, it is leading that athlete towards further movement pattern deterioration. This can allow the athlete to be exposed to micro-trauma as the athlete fatigues or ages. This will decrease the amount of energy usage and efficiency, meaning there is a greater energy leakage throughout the body and an increased risk of injury. The robustness and durability of the athlete will come from their movement efficiency.

 

 I believe the main reason you should train is to learn how to create efficient movements; movements that will help to transfer to the game. Functional training should focus on the “transfer effect” in which gains in functional strength and neuromuscular coordination carry over to the activities on the field, improving performance while decreasing the risk of injury. Proper movement organization is the foundation for a powerful and efficient delivery.

 

 It is always a great time to start addressing how you move, and I am not just talking about how you move in your pitching delivery, but how you move in general.

 

 Go get a functional movement assessment from a qualified Physical Therapist and a strength assessment from a qualified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Then go to work on how to move better!

 

 Improve your mobility constraints, create better stability where needed, and work at enhancing your motor coordination (the harmonious functioning of body parts that involve movement). Learn how to move the parts of your body through the proper range of motion without having to compensate. If you can generally move better, then it will be much easier to achieve that “transfer effect” to movements on the field.

 

 So, spend a portion of every day working on how to move better, and in a relatively short period of time, I think you will see huge benefits from that investment.

 

Until Next Time… Keep Getting After It!

 

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Important TBR Updates

 

  • Our Fall/Winter Elite Pitcher’s Boot Camp dates are filling up fast. Those dates include November 21-23, December 28-30 and January 16-18. For more information or to register go to www.TexasBaseballRanch.com/events.

 

 

  • Our 21st Annual “Ultimate Pitching Coaches Bootcamp” is December 4-6 with bonus night on December 3rd. Coach Wolforth has put together another great lineup. Details at  www.coachesbootcamp.com.  A virtual, streaming option is available. 

 

  • Just Announced! Our “Advanced Alumni Camp” (for PREVIOUS Ranch event attendees ONLY) will be held January 2nd and 3rd.  Brent Strom, Pitching Coach for the Houston Astros, will be a guest instructor and we will be having a special “Evening with Coach Strom” Saturday night.  For additional information or to register, please click here. $500 Savings if you register by December 1st.

 

  • Athletes continue to be excited our “Ranch Remote” training. It’s a program for people that would still like to get access to, and ongoing instruction from, the TBR staff but prefer to avoid travel due to the virus or other limitations. Click here to get more information on this NEW, hyper-personalized training option. Space is limited in this program and we only have a few spots open currently so if you’re interested, don’t delay.

 

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