Re: Understanding Pitcher Fatigue
Originally Posted by Spitball
Seaver was a drop-and-drive pitcher, and that style is not as popular as it once was. Back in the '70s and early '80s (and surely before), there were a lot of rotator cuff injuries to those drop-and-drive pitchers because their arms were going forward after
the body's explosive drive. They were not using their arms with
their bodies. The drop-and-drive is extremely stressful on the rotator cuff and back shoulder muscles (see drop-and-driver Jake Peavy).
Compare Travis Wood's mechanics to drop-and-driver Tom Seaver. Wood rotates his core body muscles with
his arm over a stiff front leg. Seaver is pushing powerfully forward and then launching at the end of the thrust. Wood throws hard but is obviously exerting far less drive and stress.
Good Stuff. Thanks!
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