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VELOCITY AND ARM CARE

VELOCITY

In 2010 we noticed pitcher specific injuries increasing at such an alarming rate, we began to shift our research on to ways we could improve the health, durability and velocity of our throwers. We discovered that the way baseball players, specifically pitchers trained, prepared for and recovered from games was extremely poor. Knowing this we began to research, design and test ways to improve. Today 108 has some of the hardest, healthiest and most durable throwers in the country. ​

The Facts

  •  Velocity directly affects success
  •  The harder you throw the more likely you are to play at the next level
  •  Higher Velocities = scholarship dollars, signing bonuses and strikeouts

The Issues

  •  Velocity directly affects success
  •  The harder you throw, the more likely you are to play at the next level
  •  We deal with players that have no idea how to get better or take care of themselves

 

ARM CARE

Do Higher Velocities increase my chance of injury? The short answer is Yes because more stress can be placed on the arm but it’s a lot more complicated than that. As I write this we have a young man that started training with us about 2 months ago. He is an elite 14 year old that won the MVP pitcher award at the 14u WWBA this year which is arguably the best event in the country. He is 6’2 and weighs in at 183 lbs. He walked in here on his evaluation day throwing 81-83 on the mound which is not the best in the country at his age level but certainly in the top percentile. He had poor inefficient throwing patterns placing a lot of stress on his arm and experienced a lot of soreness after competitions. His body is put together poorly even though he is big scoring one of the lowest FMS ratings we have ever seen. His explosiveness and raw strength levels were poor. His connective strength was extremely poor and his decelerators specifically were almost nonexistent. His nutrition was extremely poor as well and he basically had no idea how to take care of himself. The next time this young man steps onto a mound and pitches in a game in 2017, he is without a doubt going to throw harder than he did this year since we are controlling his training regimen 6 days a week. However, he is also going to throw HEALTHIER. His body will be stronger and more well balanced. His muscles that surround and support his ligaments and tendons will be stronger, more durable and able to better withstand the workload he is being asked to perform. His arm and body will pattern in a more efficient manner that will translate energy better, and, as a result take stress off of his arm. We are not going to do any intense velocity building training with him yet, we need to prepare his body to be able to handle that. But by focusing on and addressing his unique and individual needs he is going to end up throwing harder. So higher velocity doesn’t always increase your chance of injury, especially if you do it right.

On the flip side and also important to note, could he build velocity in other ways, yes. However, if his body is not prepared to handle it, if his connectors aren’t prepared to handle it, if his mechanics are still inefficient placing high stress levels on his arm he would most certainly increase his chances of injury.

 

"My velocity went from 88 to 93"

"In just 4 months last year 108 helped me understand my body and mechanics better than ever before. My velocity went from 88 to 93, my changeup was the best its ever been and I developed a curveball. I went from a 17th round pick to a 7th round pick and I can't wait to see what happens this offseason!"

- Austin Sodders, Detroit Tigers

 

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108 Performance is a Baseball Research and Training Facility Located in Southern California. At the 108 Lab, we utilize the latest in sports technology to research and develop new ways to train and prepare our athletes. 

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