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By Dr. Mike Marshall
In an October article titled "Are the days of the starting pitcher numbered?” Kels Dayton wrote:
"Owners don’t want to shell out $200 million contracts to starters, only to see them throw six innings and leave every three months with career-jeopardizing injuries."
Bad Mechanics to Good Mechanics
When 'traditional' pitchers reverse rotate their hips and shoulders over their rear foot, they injure their rear hip socket, their rear knee and their rear ankle. To prevent these injuries, pitchers need to rotate their hips and shoulders over their front foot.
When 'traditional' pitchers forward rotate their hips and shoulders separately over their rear foot, they injure their Oblique Internus Abdominis muscle, injure the inside of their rear knee, injure their groin and the outside of their rear upper leg. To prevent these injuries, pitchers need to rotate their hips and shoulders forward together over their front foot.
When 'traditional' pitchers forward rotate their hips and shoulders over their rear foot, they sling their pitching arm laterally away from their body causing the bones in the back of the elbow from banging together.To prevent this injury, pitchers need to turn the back of their upper arm to face toward home plate.
When 'traditional' pitchers stop their pendulum swing with the palm of the hand faces downward, they will reverse bounce their forearm and tear the Ulnar Collateral Ligament. To prevent this injury, pitchers need to drop their hand with the palm of the hand facing forward and pendulum swing their arm downward, backward and upward in one, smooth and continuous movement to driveline height with the Pronator Teres muscle contracting before, during and after the acceleration phase.
When 'traditional' pitchers release their breaking pitches over the top of their Index finger, the olecranon process bangs into the olecranon fossa, pitchers break pieces of hyaline cartilage loose, grow bone spurs and fracture the olecranon process of the Ulna bone (supination). To prevent these injuries, pitchers need to release their breaking pitches under the Middle finger (pronation).
When 'traditional' pitchers bend forward at their waist, they injure the disk between the fifth Lumbar vertebrae and the first Sacral vertebrae. To prevent this injury, pitchers need to stand tall, rotate their hips and shoulders over their front foot.
When 'traditional' pitchers eccentrically decelerate their pitching arm, they injure the tiny Teres Minor muscle. To prevent this injury, pitchers need to use the Latissimus Dorsi muscle to pull the Scapula bone downward.
If owners want injury-free pitchers, then they need to hire pitching coaches that know how to prevent pitching injuries.
Three Accelerate Phase Steps
The key to my pitching motion is choosing the correct muscles for the acceleration phases.
01. To accelerate the upper arm, I chose the Latissimus Dorsi muscle. The Latissimus Dorsi muscle is the most powerful muscle attached to the upper arm.
a. The Latissimus Dorsi muscle first points the elbow toward home plate with the forearm horizontally pointing at second base. This position is the ‘Slingshot.’
b. When the elbow is in place, the Latissimus Dorsi muscle inwardly rotates the upper arm from pointing toward second base to vertically upward beside their head.
02. To accelerate the elbow, I chose the Triceps Brachii muscle. The Triceps Brachii muscle extends the elbow upward to reach as high as the pitchers are able. The Triceps Brachii muscle has the highest percentage of fast-twitch muscle fibers.
03. To accelerate the forearm, I chose the Pronator Teres muscle. The Pronator Teres muscle inwardly rotates the Ulna bone and flexes the elbow.
The Marshall Unique Pitching Arm Motion
01. Preparation Phase
I teach pitchers to drop their pitching hand out of the glove downward, backward and upward to driveline height in one, smooth and continuous movement with the palm of the pitching hand facing away from the pitchers.
02. Acceleration Phase (See above)
03. Deceleration Phase
Pitchers to use the Latissimus Dorsi muscle to pull the Scapula bone downward on the rear side.
The Marshall Unique Body Action
Pitchers stand tall, turn the back of the upper arm to face toward home plate, rotate their hips and shoulders forward together over their front foot and aim their pitching arm down the acromial line into the strike zone.
When pitchers rotate their hips and shoulders over their front foot, they remove stress from the shoulder joint, the upper arm, the elbow joint and associate muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Pitchers apply force to the baseball from start and finish of the baseball’s movement. Pitchers increase their velocity between 5 to 8 mph. The Marshall pitching motion generates all power in the front of their front foot.
To make my pitchers powerful beyond need, pitchers use my wrist weight exercises, heavy ball throws, the square Lid throws, the football rotations throws and throwing the six high-quality baseball pitches every day.
Wrist weight exercises eventually reach thirty pounds. Heavy ball throws eventually reaches fifteen pounds. Lid throws start with as many throws as they need to horizontally sail the Lid and consistently hit the strike zone. Four different Middle finger actions enable pitcher to perfect the rotations for the four vertical pitches.
Marshall’s Five Drills
01. The ‘Wrong Foot’ body action; ‘Slingshot’ glove and pitching arm actions drill.
02. The Wrong Foot body action; ‘Pendulum Swing’ glove and pitching arm actions drill.
03. The ‘No Glove Foot Step’ body action; 'Slingshot' glove and pitching arm actions drill.
04. The No Glove Foot Step body action; 'Pendulum Swing' glove and pitching arm actions drill.
05. The ‘Drop Out’ body action; 'Pendulum Swing' glove and pitching arm actions drill.
Body and Pitching Arm Actions
01. The Wrong Foot body action teaches pitchers to step forward with their rear foot in line with the front foot.
02. The No Glove Foot Step body action teaches pitchers to push off the rear foot and pull with the front foot.
03. The Drop Out body action teaches pitchers to step short and drive the pitching arm to the strike zone.
04. The ‘Slingshot’ pitching action teaches pitchers to turn the back of their upper arm to face the elbow toward home plate and inwardly rotate the forearm from pointing from second base to reaching as high as pitchers are able to reach.
05. The ‘Pendulum Swing’ pitching action teaches pitchers to move downward drop the hand from the glove, backward and upward to driveline height.
Videos to Watch
I recommend that readers go to my website at www.drmikemarshall.com and click on these two videos:
01. Dr. Mike Marshall’s Baseball Pitching Motion
02. How Kinesiology Changed My Life