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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

The purpose of the dynamic exercises is to incorporate controlled rotational stability with combined upper and lower extremity movement patterns. The throwing motion is a violent three dimensional combined movement pattern.  It requires rotational stability and dynamic flexibility from beginning to end. The body will always follow the path of least resistance. These exercises will […]

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 […]

13Mar 2015

Vf=Vi + At Final Velocity=Initial Velocity + Acceleration (Time) Final velocity is a product of initial velocity plus the acceleration force over a period of time. The longer you apply an acceleration force to the ball, the greater the final velocity. This correlates to stride length and amount of time the hand is in contact […]

13Mar 2015

Our bodies are biomechanical machines. The muscles are the engines that control the skeleton. We created the OAI to raise the level of understanding for players and coaches, as well as instructors, with regards to the musculoskeletal and physiological principals that rule and govern the throwing motion. Understanding how the body works and how to […]

04Mar 2015

Electromyographic (EMG) studies have determined the peak muscle activity in the Cocking, Acceleration, and Deceleration Phases of the throwing motion required to center the shoulder in the socket. Scapulothoracic positioning during each of these phases is of paramount importance and is a multifaceted evaluation process. Mobility of the scapula around the rib cage must be assessed […]

24Feb 2015

Welcome to Overhead Athletic Institute: Medical Management and Performance Enhancement for Overhead Athletes The OAI exercise program is designed to address specific individual aspects of muscle activation, proximal stabilization, and RTC strength, each of which has been shown to contribute to efficient pitching mechanics. These exercises must be performed perfectly in order for them to be […]