Exercises You Can Do to Pitch Faster

A longtime head and neck surgeon, Dr. William B. Clark owns ENT Associates of Northwest Florida. Outside of his professional pursuits, Dr. William B. Clark maintains a passion for baseball after having played as a pitcher throughout high school and college.

Pitchers require a variety of skills to achieve fast throwing speeds. You may spend hours practicing your technique, but you also need to build full-body strength to increase the velocity of your throws. The following exercises can help you develop the power you need to become a successful pitcher.

Deadlifts. Deadlifts build lower body strength and train your body in ground force application, providing a strong base for any pitch. In addition, deadlifts help cultivate a firm grip, which will help you throw harder during games.

Long toss. Practicing long tosses will help loosen and build your shoulder muscles. During training sessions of between 15 and 20 minutes, practice tossing the ball over varying distances to build the speed of your pitches.

Pressing moves. You need to build the muscles in your triceps, chest, and shoulders to throw consistently fast pitches. Most pitchers prefer alternative pressing methods to the bench press, which can cause impingement in the shoulder. You should use neutral grip presses and practice push-ups to build strength instead.


Florida’s Special Olympics Chapter Sends Two Athletes to Capitol Hill

A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Dr. William B. Clark owns ENT Associates of Northwest Florida. Dedicated to helping others, Dr. William B. Clark supports the Special Olympics.

Established almost 50 years ago, the Special Olympics held its first event in 1968 in Chicago. The organization’s mission is to offer year-round sports training to children and adults who have intellectual disabilities. Not only does it provide participants with physical fitness, but it also offers friendship opportunities for athletes and their families. In 2014, the organization announced the event has reached 4.4 million athletes at more than 80,000 annual events and competitions.

On March 18, 2015, the Special Olympics’ 12th annual Capitol Hill Day had leaders, Special Olympics athletes, and family members from 39 states gather in Washington, D.C. Two athletes from Florida, David Mallis and Stacy Barnes, met with 12 of Florida’s congressional leaders to advocate for the Special Olympics. They discussed improving school environments so that children with disabilities would not be bullied.