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.