Returning To Baseball Pitching
By Steven Ellis, former Chicago Cubs pitching pro
Some people just can’t let go of their favorite pastime. Are you considering getting back into the wonderful world of pitching? If so, there are a few things to consider before jumping back on the rubber.
Depending on how long you have been out of the game for, you may need to get back into athletic shape. This may take weeks, months, or even over a year depending on how old you are and your current athletic stamina.
To regain your youthful athleticism, sign up for a gym membership. Be sure to do some running, baseball lifting, flexibility work, and correct dieting. For a great source of baseball workout information, check out the TuffCuff baseball training manual. This book is extremely detailed and tells you exactly what you should be doing to get in prime baseball shape!
Your diet is very important. If you are not eating properly, it will be hard to get into good shape. You should try to consume a lot of protein, “good” carbs, and vitamins, and stay away from fatty junk food and soda. Your body is a machine, and giving it the proper fuel is necessary to keep it in optimal working condition.
Flexibility is also a factor you must consider. The older you get, the more prone to injury you are. If you have flexible joints and muscles, you will have a better chance of staying healthy and on the field. There are many types of flexibility programs out there, and the TuffCuff manual does a great job of describing some crucial flexibility exercises.
Once you are in better baseball shape, you will want to begin throwing the ball again. The important thing to remember here is to not rush into it. Doing so can cause injury which may jeopardize your playing career. Everyone will be able to get back into throwing at a different pace, and a lot of it depends on age as well as how long you have been out of the game.
To begin your throwing, you will want to start out only throwing a little bit at a time. It is advisable to skip 2 days in between throwing sessions, and keep the sessions to no more than 20-30 throws at first. These early sessions should just be casual catch…not a full bullpen.
As you start to get loosened up and the soreness wears away, you may want to throw more frequently with more throws per session. Eventually, you will be able to play catch nearly every day with 50+ throws each session.
Finally, you will be in good enough shape to start pitching again. You will want to start slow and work your way up. Begin with only fastballs at about 60% for 20 pitches, working on hitting your spots. You can steadily increase your pitch count and velocity as time goes by, and eventually throwing 100% for a full bull pen.
Getting back into the game takes time, but with the proper training, nutrition, and throwing program, you will be able to safely enjoy the wonderful game of baseball once again!
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