Quit Trying to Cover Up A Bullet Wound with A Band Aid

By Jonathan Massey-


When I started working full-time at the Texas Baseball Ranch®, Coach Wolforth tasked me with a quest to learn as much as possible about increasing a player’s ability to bounce back or recover faster.


After about 8 months of research and talking to people like Randy Sullivan, Lee Fiocchi, and Gary Reinl (who have all had a tremendous influence on me), one thing became abundantly clear… getting enough sleep is incredibly important for an athlete’s ability to recover.


We like to believe that recovery work is simply what we do after we get done throwing. While yes, that can influence our ability to recover faster, if you don’t get enough sleep at night, there aren’t enough post-throwing arm care exercises that you can do that’ll make up the difference.


Why is sleep so important? To really answer this question, we need to take a look at some of the things our body does while we sleep, including tissue regeneration and hormone regulation.


Tissue regeneration comes down to managing 3 hormones: testosterone, human growth hormone, and cortisol. Testosterone and human growth hormone are 2 hormones that lead tissue repair, and cortisol is the hormone that shuts down tissue regeneration.


Multiple studies have shown that getting 5 hours of sleep or less can lead to as much as a 15% reduction in testosterone production, which can hurt your body’s ability to repair damaged tissues. Getting reduced sleep can also lead to a greater cortisol response by the body during times of stress, which can reduce or shut down tissue regeneration. Altogether, this can make it even harder to recover from the next work out.


What about HGH? Some research shows that as much as 70% of your natural HGH is released while you sleep. Not getting enough sleep won’t allow your body to release enough HGH, which will also affect how well your body’s tissues are able to repair themselves.


You can do all of the post-throwing recovery work you want, but if you aren’t getting enough sleep at night, you can’t fully recover. A good night’s sleep can truly help you enhance your ability to recover. You have to view sleep like a part of your workout. If you don’t, it’s like trying to cover up a bullet wound with a band aid—it may work for now, but it won’t last forever.


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Important TBR Updates


  • We have 2 remaining Elite Pitchers Bootcamps on the summer schedule after this weekend. The August 7-9 is SOLD OUT but there are still spots available in our Labor Day Camp, September 5-7. We have also added 2 more dates to our calendar. We will have a Columbus Day weekend Elite Pitchers Bootcamp October 10-12 and a Youth EPBC (ages 8-12 years) October 17-18. Please call the office at 936-588-6762 for more information and/or to get registered. Due to current COVID-19 state mandates, we have reduced the number of attendees to 2/3’s of out normal 45 cap. For more information on these popular events, please visit www.TexasBaseballRanch.com/events. We are also loosening up our cancellation/change policy so that people can be comfortable in making plans now in the face of current and future uncertainty. **We also have an option for you to extend your bootcamp weekend and stay for an additional week(s) and participate in out “Extended Stay Summer Developmental Program”.


  • Would you like to train at the Ranch for a longer period of time this summer? Our “Extended Stay Summer Development Program” is the program for you. We have one session remaining this summer. It is a two week mini session, August 3-13. More information is available at www.texasbaseballranch.com/events/tbr-summer-program/.


  • Response to our “Ranch Remote” training option has been exciting. 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. Click here to get more information on this NEW, hyper-personalized training option. The number of participants in this program is limited to 36 so if you’re interested, don’t delay.


  • Like many of you, we have heard the news that many Junior Colleges across the country have cancelled their fall season and in some cases, the entire 2020-2021 athletic season. This obviously is both disappointing and frustrating for many young men. At the Texas Baseball Ranch®, we have decided to put into place a fall training program for those young men who would like to take a ‘gap’ year, focusing on a structured developmental program that will best prepare them for college baseball when it finally does return. Please email info@TexasBaseballRanch.com if you would like more information on this option.


Please call (936)588-6762 or email us: info@texasbaseballranch.com
for more details or to sign up for any of these options.

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