At the Juniata College Strength Clinic, I was recently asked about the incidence of Tommy John surgery with pitchers and other position players. Specifically, they wanted to know if Grip Strength could be a factor in the equation.
Could a lack of grip strength be a contributor to the increases in UCL tears and the need for Tommy John Surgery?
I dig into this topic in the video below:
Tommy John Surgery and Grip Strength for Baseball Players
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I have a few sayings I’m known for.
One of them is, “It’s not about how much you lift, It’s about how much you LOVE Lifting.”
What that means is, lifting is about being passionate about something and doing it with fire.
Lifting is about setting goals to always be improving.
Lifting is about feeling good, and feeling good about yourself.
So, a couple months ago, or so, when I really took a look at some of my training, I came to realize I wasn’t following my own advice.
The whole idea about that saying is that you should be pushing yourself because you love lifting.
It has nothing to do with pushing yourself so hard that you reach your goals at the expense of everything and everyone else.
But, there I was, trying to reach some goals related to the Barbell Bench Press, and instead of getting closer, I was coming further and further away each session because the exercise was tearing my shoulders up, and leaving me in pain.
It’s now been the better part of this year, that I have quit Benching with the Bar, and moved exclusively to Dumbbell Bench Press. And although my numbers were completely embarrassing at first, I now feel like I’m living more in tune with my beliefs.
And, after a couple months, or however long it’s been, I’m starting to see some good increases, feeling better in the shoulders, and I think even seeing a bit of growth.
I LOVE LIFTING, but I think I was coming severely close to having the majority of my training SHUT DOWN due to the pain I was feeling in my shoulders.
I encourage you to do the same as well – by all means train hard – don’t just go through the motions in the gym.
But, if there’s a movement that is tearing you up inside, don’t feel the need to push through pain and suffer because of it.
Remember…It ain’t about how much you lift. It’s about how much you LOVE lifting.
All the best in your training.
P.S. Along these lines, I want to help you out as much as I can, to get you to your goals. And that means helping you learn to do your goal lifts properly and as safely as possible.
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Strength Training and Injury Prevention for Throwing Athletes
Most athletes, whether you realize it or not, are throwers.
Think about it. The first throwing sports you may picture are the classics: Baseball, softball, the quarterback on the football team, the shot put, discus, and javelin throwers on the track and field team.
Those are the images that typically pop into your head when you think of a throwing athlete.
What you might not realize is that throwing motions are done in almost every sport. Think of a tennis player serving the ball, a volleyball player serving or spiking the ball, a basketball player making a big outlet pass…
How about that same basketball player making a chest pass? Isn’t that a similar movement as a football lineman pushing his opponent?
What about the soccer player throwing the ball in from out of bounds?
Or the swimmer gliding through the water using the same repetitive motions with their shoulders?
These are all throwing motions!
When you participate in sports at the high rates athletes do today, you are bound to have shoulder, elbow, wrist, and finger injuries.
Tommy John surgeries are on the rise as are rotator cuff injuries, labrum tears, and elbow tendonitis. I won’t bore you with the numbers, but the studies are out there and it is shocking how frequently these major injuries are happening each year and that the age of the athletes experiencing these injuries gets younger and younger…
Youth sports are more popular than ever. Town rec leagues, church leagues, AAU, All Star, travel leagues, sport specific coaching facilities, position specific coaching, and youth/college showcase events mean your athletes can play their sport 12 months a year without taking a true off-season.
The constant repetitive motions along with specializing at a younger age means the overuse injuries that we used to see in college and professional sports are starting to happen at the middle school and high school level.
You can’t stop younger athletes from falling in love with one sport and specializing early. It happens!
The youth sports movement will continue to grow and overuse injuries will continue to happen at the middle and high school level…
But that doesn’t mean you have to just sit around and weight for throwing injuries to come about.
You can start modifying your training NOW to head those injuries off at the pass.
It’s all about making simple, subtle changes in your strength training.
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August of Arms Update
Today is August 20th, so I did a Re-Measure Day.
To give you a re-cap, I started off the month, just under 19″ by a little bit. On the 10th, I was right around 19.25″, and now, it’s looking like I’m up to about 19.5″.
I gotta say, I think the biggest growth has happened in my triceps, especially my left one. Every so often, I’ll see my tris out of the corner of my eye, and think, “WOAH, they definitely seem bigger.”
Now I wish I would have taken a before and after measurement of my triceps flexed…oh well.
Hey, as small as the growth is, it’s still progress. And I’m beyond PUMPED to see it. This little experiment has worked so far, two years in a row.
I’d love to hear how your progress is going. Please leave a comment below.
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You have the right to build BIG ARMS, and you can start doing it today!
All the best in your training.
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Question for you – –
How bad do YOU want to win?
How bad do YOU want to accomplish your goals?
Do you want it THIS BAD?
As I was cruising Facebook last night, weaving back and forth between the nonsense about Tom Brady’s deflated balls and the lies about Bin Laden’s death, I found this gem, from my friend, Jared Fleming.
- “So proud and inspired by my girl and her AMAZING performance at the USA Wrestling National Championships this weekend!!
Veronica showed more heart and internal motivation to win than I have ever seen in another person.
During her 4th match she broke her arm and tore ligaments… To the point you could see her arm was actually deformed.
She came back with 2 minutes left on the clock and WON the match with a broken arm and took 3rd place overall!!“
Can you believe that?
I actually had trouble getting to sleep last night because of this…
It inspired me so much, I got an adrenaline rush and wanted to train, but it was bed time.
I gotta get my beauty sleep, brotherrrrr!
Man, DIESELS, I hope this fires you up today.
I hope it motivates you to take your training up a notch.
It should make you want your goals even more.
Imagine having to finish a wrestling match with a broken arm.
No, not having to.
I’m sure nobody told Veronica she HAD to go out and finish the match.
She did that because of her burning desire for competition and savage hunger for excellence.
Let’s take a bite out of that today and apply it to our life, our work, our family, and our training.
What do you say?
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