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doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31819d63ba
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Engineering a Strong Pitching Elbow: An Off-Season Training Plan

Borrelli, Angel MA, CSCS

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Abstract

ELBOW INJURIES ARE THE SECOND MOST COMMON INJURY IN BASEBALL PITCHERS. SOUND MECHANICS AND STRENGTH ARE ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR INJURY PREVENTION. AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE ELBOW MECHANICS DURING THE PITCHING MOTION IS A NECESSARY INGREDIENT IN A STRENGTH PROGRAM THAT IS LOGICALLY AND SCIENTIFICALLY DESIGNED. THE PURPOSE OF THIS ARTICLE IS TO EDUCATE THE SPORT PROFESSIONAL ON THE SKILL REQUIREMENTS OF THE ELBOW AND SURROUNDING JOINTS AND SUGGEST AN INTEGRATED WORKOUT APPROACH THAT COULD MEET THE COMPREHENSIVE DEMANDS OF THE PITCHING ELBOW.

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