DRIVELINE BASEBALL IN NETWORK TRAINING
Driveline's mission: "Develop healthy, high velocity pitchers of any age"
We share Driveline's passion for developing dynamic pitchers with healthy arms! We are excited to be implementing Driveline Velocity tools as a part of our Network Training to increase our athletes' arm development and overall performance, all while decreasing the risk of arm injury.
ARTICLES BY DRIVELINE
DEMONIZING WEIGHTED BALLS – A REVIEW OF CRITICISMS
A common line of argument against training with weighted balls goes something like this:
“Weighted balls only train the arm. Good pitching training trains the athlete to use the whole body to accelerate the arm to the target, minimizing injury risk.”
This line of thinking makes some fundamental assumptions about pitching velocity creation that are misguided, but admittedly we live in a character-limited world so this post will try to unpack some of this sentence.
WHAT DO WEIGHTED BALLS TRAIN, EXACTLY?
CROW-HOP WEIGHTED BASEBALL THROWS FOR VELOCITY DEVELOPMENT
High intent ballistic throwing creates increased dynamic range of motion (ROM) at the shoulder joint. By using overload implements, a greater stretch is realized, which is vital in both amateur athletes and professionals who have suffered an arm injury in the past and have significantly reduced ROM in the glenohumeral joint. Elite pitchers have much higher external rotation ROM in the shoulder than mediocre pitchers (source: ASMI), and by using high intensity throwing training methods, dynamic ER ROM is built.