These guidelines are intended to guide the rehabilitation process. Constant communication between the client, therapist and surgeon lead to the most ideal outcomes. These guidelines were developed to serve as a supplement to an individualized plan of care based on healing timelines.
Bat speed and exit velocity are two crucial aspects to consider when assessing a baseball player's striking ability. Despite their similarities, it's important to recognize the differences between these two ideas and how they work together to affect a player's success at the plate.
Learn good throwing mechanics as soon as possible. The first steps should be to learn, in order: 1) basic throwing, 2) fastball pitching, 3) change-up pitching. Avoid using radar guns. A pitcher should not also be a catcher for his team. The pitcher-catcher combination results in too many throws and may increase the risk of injury. If a pitcher complains of pain in his elbow or shoulder, discontinue pitching until evaluated by a sports medicine specialist. Inspire adolescent pitchers to have fun playing baseball and other sports. Participation and enjoyment of various physical activities will increase the player's athleticism and interest in sports.
Watch and respond to signs of fatigue (such as decreased ball velocity, decreased accuracy, upright trunk during pitching, dropped elbow during pitching, or increased time between pitches). No overhead throwing of any kind for at least 2-3 consecutive months per year (4 months is preferred). No competitive baseball pitching for at least 4 months per year. Do not pitch more than 100 innings in games in any calendar year. Follow limits for pitch counts and rest days. Avoid pitching on multiple teams with overlapping seasons.