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Sample Chapter from Saving the Pitcher by Will Carroll


Chapter 5 - The Functional Mechanics of Pitching

QCBaseball Editor's Note

I was contacted by the publisher of Saving the Pitcher and offered a copy of the book for review purposes. As I read the book it was clear that the book provided valuable insight into the pitching motion and the nature of many pitching injuries. Will Carroll explains how at the highest levels of baseball there is still an abundance of misinformation that is harmful to pitchers. While I find the high level of detail interesting, it's still essential that as a reader I'm able to take the information and apply it in a useful way at the youth level to improve my ability to effectively coach a youth pitcher. Saving the Pitcher did that for me as I was able to take a number of different ideas and apply them to my practices and my ability to evaluate my pitchers mechanics.

I want to thank Ivan R. Dee, Publisher for allowing me to provide a sample chapter on the web site. I hope you enjoy the chapter as it's informative and provides a good representation of the quality of the book.

Book Description

The most dangerous thing in baseball is a pitcher with potential. More than half of all starting pitchers will end up on the Disabled List and over the last three seasons, more than two hundred pitchers at all levels of professional baseball have undergone ligament replacement surgery that has cost them more than a year of an already finite resource, their baseball career. Teams are losing on the field because of an inability to keep their own pitchers healthy. Teams are losing on their ledgers as they pay out ever increasing salaries to pitchers that are unable to perform and overpaying those pitchers that do somehow remain healthy. In baseball, there is a new orthodoxy that "there is no such thing as a pitching prospect." Too many young flamethrowers simply burn out, then fade away, their potential never reached and their team never seeing any gain from their sizeable investments of time and money. Can young arms be saved from the torture and abuse subjected on them by the lords of baseball? The answer is yes. We are losing pitchers far too young, far too early, and it can be prevented. Saving the Pitcher addresses all aspects of pitcher injuries, pitcher abuse, pitcher workload, pitcher mechanics, and most importantly, injury prevention. Knowledge from doctors, trainers, coaches, pitchers, biomechanists, and researchers make this book the first complete look at pitcher health. These injuries don't have to happen. From major leaguers to little leaguers, this book is a must read for pitchers, parents, and baseball fans everywhere.

Table of Contents

  1. Saving the Pitcher
  2. Taking the Mound
  3. From Coliseum to Arena: A Historical Note on Sports Medicine
  4. The Functional Anatomy of Pitching
  5. The Functional Mechanics of Pitching
  6. Assessing Mechanics
  7. Correcting Mechanics
  8. Conditioning the Pitcher
  9. The Pitching Workload
  10. Practical Matters: A Trainer's Day
  11. Icing It Down

Chapter 5 - The Functional Mechanics of Pitching

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