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18Sep 2015

The Rotator Cuff’s role in the throwing motion is to center the humeral head of the shoulder in the socket of the scapula. The muscles of the Rotator Cuff (RTC) and the muscles that attach the shoulder blade (scapula) to the rib cage control the position that the shoulder stays in during every phases of the throwing […]

18Aug 2015

Today’s athletes are expected to be more specialized at a much earlier age. This is both good and bad. From the perspective of skill acquisition and the timing and repetition required to become or approach elite status, specialization may have a benefit. From the perspective of over-training and diversification of activity, early specialization may negatively […]

25Jul 2015

Long Toss has been used by many coaches and teams as a means to increase arm strength and endurance. There has never been any statistical justification or evidence based research study to support this anecdotal method of training. Long toss does more damage than good. Changing the angle of release for an overhead thrower alters […]

19Jul 2015
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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
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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 […]