19Jul 2015

Specificity of Types of Muscle Fibers Type IIB and Type IIA Muscle Fiber Types and Specificity Type IIB muscle fibers are fast twitch glycolytic and are the speed producers.  Type IIA muscle fibers are fast twitch oxidative and are intermediate speed producers.  Structured training has been proven to make our recruitment of muscle types more […]

18Jun 2015

Our exercises are designed to increase the static and dynamic rotational stability of the entire kinetic chain throughout the various phases of the overhead throwing motion. Each exercise must be performed to perfection in order for them to have functional correlation to the physiological demands placed on the musculoskeletal system.  The exercises increase the elastic range […]

04Jun 2015
Overhead Athletic Institute - Direct Access - Ed Martel

In the state of Michigan and in 48 other states you now have direct access. As an athlete you can now go to a physical therapist and be evaluated and receive treatment without a script from a physician. This is a monumental benefit and cost saving piece of legislation that will help any athlete looking […]

03May 2015

There are individuals on the Internet right now (former professional pitchers, college athletes, strength and conditioning coaches) that spend most of their time invalidating each other in order to substantiate their programs. Many of these individuals use disparaging comments about the specificity of speed and weight training, weighted ball usage, or weighted vests and how none of […]

03Apr 2015

There is a sequential reason why hard throwers have very similar aspects to their throwing motion. Not all throwing motions are the same, but close analysis reveals similarities within the individualized throwing motions that illuminate why hard throwers create effortless velocity. Generating speed and transferring speed throughout the body requires a perfectly timed kinematic sequence. […]

28Mar 2015
Overhead Athletic Institute Ed Martel

3 Things That Lead To Breakdown And Inefficiency 1. Poor Mechanics-Video Analysis can only isolate mechanical breakdowns. 2. Poor Conditioning-Our FMS/BSFMA screen will isolate any kinetic chain limitations. 3. Poor Segmental Stabilization-Eliminates any chance of creating power efficiently. Analyzing video and maximizing the opportunity an overhead thrower has to create greater velocity requires more than […]

25Mar 2015

Video Analysis is a vital and absolutely necessary component of performance evaluation. It is critical to recognize biomechanical faults or tendencies in a throwers technique and know what changes need to be made. Many websites offer video analysis of the throwing motion as part of their program and also offer suggestions as to what changes […]

18Mar 2015

We understand at the OAI that every athlete throwing a ball wants more speed. We know that’s the primary reason young athletes are attracted to the websites available right now that promise immediate speed when you buy their program.  There is no easy way to increased velocity.  It requires repetition and hard work.  The programs […]

18Mar 2015

Static stability exercises must include proper positioning throughout the entire excursion of motion to have the intended physiological and stabilization effect. Deviation from the correct positioning defeats the purpose of the exercise. At the OAI we create more rotational stability and elastic range in your tissues to allow athletes to use the individual phases of […]

18Mar 2015

The key to velocity is biomechanics. Each athlete is unique, but the formula for throwing the ball efficiently is the same.   Where you create velocity is a product of how you use your body throughout the individual phases of the throwing motion.  Understanding what to do and when needs to be understood and felt by […]