Manual Therapy Methods to Improve Baseball Pitching Mechanics

Course Outline


I.                     Introduction

II.                   6 Phases of Pitching

a.       Wind Up

b.       Stride (early cocking) ** Most Important phase for Manual work

c.        Late Cocking

d.       Acceleration

e.       Deceleration

f.         Follow through

III.                  Anatomy and Movement Pattern Associated with each phase

a.       Wind Up – balance, foot and core

b.       Stride (early cocking) – importance of stride length and arm position, full body **Power max

c.        Late Cocking – elbow, shoulder, trunk

d.       Acceleration – shoulder, trunk flexion

e.       Deceleration – trunk, foot, hips, shoulder

f.         Follow through – hips and back


IV.                 Breaking Down Stride Phase (Muscular and fascia connections) (30 minutes)

a.       Foot -Flexor Hallicus Longus, Flexor/Extensor Digitorum, Plantar Fascia

b.       Forward (Landing) Leg – Tibialis Posterior, Soleus, Gastrocnemius, Peroneus, Sartorius, Vastus Lateralis/ITB, Hamstrings, Glute, Hip Rotators

c.        Trunk (Abdomen) – Psoas, Rectus Femoris, Abdominal Obliques

d.       Back Leg – Adductors, Psoas, Rectus Femoris, Tibialis Posterior, Flexor Hallicus Longus

e.       Chest and shoulder – Pectoralis Major/minor, Bicep, Brachialis, Triceps, ROTC, Lat Dorsi

f.         Elbow – Bicep, Triceps, Supinator/Pronator Teres, Extensor/Flexor groups

g.       Wrist/Hand – Flexor/Extensors, Lumbricals, Thenar


V.                   Manual methods for each Area in Stride Phase (5 hours)

a.       Skin and Fascia Release

1.       Local Restrictions

2.       Global Restrictions (Chain Links through body)

b.       Muscle Release

1.       Finding Specific Muscle Adhesions vs. Tightness vs. Spasm

2.       Finding the seams between muscles

3.       Lengthening the Chain

c.        Joint Release

1.       Identifying and ligament tension around the joint – Medial arch in foot, Hip Capsule, Lumbo-Pelvic, Shoulder Capsule, Elbow, Wrist