The Physics of Pitching: Learn the Mechanics, Science, and Psychology of Pitching to Success

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The Physics of Pitching is a well-rounded and comprehensive study that explores the formula for success in pitching and the secret to staying healthy and injury free. It brings together the expertise of a professional scout and pitching consultant, a former major league pitcher and current pitching coach, a sports orthopedic surgeon, and a strength and conditioning specialist. Step-by-step instruction is combined with a discussion of the fundamentals of pitching mechanics and kinetics, physiology and orthopedics,...

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Overview

The Physics of Pitching is a well-rounded and comprehensive study that explores the formula for success in pitching and the secret to staying healthy and injury free. It brings together the expertise of a professional scout and pitching consultant, a former major league pitcher and current pitching coach, a sports orthopedic surgeon, and a strength and conditioning specialist. Step-by-step instruction is combined with a discussion of the fundamentals of pitching mechanics and kinetics, physiology and orthopedics, weight training, and the mental and strategic sides of baseball. The Physics of Pitching is illustrated throughout with step-by-step photography and detailed illustrations of the key mechanics.

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A welcome title for any youth baseball coach or player, this pitching how-to guide illustrates each important step or movement in the successful delivery of the horsehide and instructs ably on injury avoidance, preparation (both physical and mental), and health and medicine, with an especially useful concluding chapter on "Choosing Your Post High School Path." Curtis's clear and focused color photos make plain the correct mechanics leading to optimum success. Multithemed discussions direct readers' attention to strategy, psychology, self-awareness, and self-correction. Little is overlooked in fundamental information, and much is presented in age-appropriate language. (DVD not seen.)—G.R.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760338506
  • Publisher: MVP Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 601,961
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Len Solesky was a professional scout for 18 years and a pitching consultant for 9 years. He teaches a new approach to pitching that incorporates recent medical advances.James T. Cain is the author of One-on-One Baseball, written with former Yankee coach Dom Scala. Cain's son is continuing a family pitching tradition by playing for Washington University in St. Louis. Rusty Meacham pitched for professional league baseball teams for almost 20 seasons, with his most successful stretch coming as a reliever with the Kansas City Royals from 1992-1995. Meacham's success has carried over to a career as a teacher and pitching coach, most recently with minor league clubs in the Washington Nationals system. Bruce Curtis has been a professional photographer for many decades, contributing to such esteemed publications as Time, Life, and Sports IllustratedLen Solesky was a professional scout for 18 years and a pitching consultant for 9 years. He teaches a new approach to pitching that incorporates recent medical advances.James T. Cain is the author of One-on-One Baseball, written with former Yankee coach Dom Scala. Cain's son is continuing a family pitching tradition by playing for Washington University in St. Louis. Rusty Meacham pitched for professional league baseball teams for almost 20 seasons, with his most successful stretch coming as a reliever with the Kansas City Royals from 1992-1995. Meacham's success has carried over to a career as a teacher and pitching coach, most recently with minor league clubs in the Washington Nationals system. Bruce Curtis has been a professional photographer for many decades, contributing to such esteemed publications as Time, Life, and Sports IllustratedLen Solesky was a professional scout for 18 years and a pitching consultant for 9 years. He teaches a new approach to pitching that incorporates recent medical advances.James T. Cain is the author of One-on-One Baseball, written with former Yankee coach Dom Scala. Cain's son is continuing a family pitching tradition by playing for Washington University in St. Louis. Rusty Meacham pitched for professional league baseball teams for almost 20 seasons, with his most successful stretch coming as a reliever with the Kansas City Royals from 1992-1995. Meacham's success has carried over to a career as a teacher and pitching coach, most recently with minor league clubs in the Washington Nationals system. Bruce Curtis has been a professional photographer for many decades, contributing to such esteemed publications as Time, Life, and Sports IllustratedLen Solesky was a professional scout for 18 years and a pitching consultant for 9 years. He teaches a new approach to pitching that incorporates recent medical advances.James T. Cain is the author of One-on-One Baseball, written with former Yankee coach Dom Scala. Cain's son is continuing a family pitching tradition by playing for Washington University in St. Louis. Rusty Meacham pitched for professional league baseball teams for almost 20 seasons, with his most successful stretch coming as a reliever with the Kansas City Royals from 1992-1995. Meacham's success has carried over to a career as a teacher and pitching coach, most recently with minor league clubs in the Washington Nationals system. Bruce Curtis has been a professional photographer for many decades, contributing to such esteemed publications as Time, Life, and Sports Illustrated

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Part I The Why

1 The Numbers 17

2 'I Think' Teaching vs. Science Teaching 22

3 There Is No Easy Path 30

4 Harnessing Kinetic Energy 40

Part 2 The How

5 The Seven Key Components of the Delivery 49

6 Rusty Meacham on the Pitches 68

7 Common Faults and Corrections 76

8 Defending Your Position 96

9 Recognizing and Preventing Injury 106

10 Pitching Strategy with Rusty Meacham 116

11 The Mental Challenge 124

Part 3 Health and Medicine

12 What Does the Doctor Say? 131

13 Physical Therapy 148

14 Twenty-first Century Strength and Conditioning for Pitchers by Eric Cressey, MA CSCS 158

Part 4 What Next?

15 Choosing Your Post-High School Path 173

Acknowledgments 186

Index 188

About the Authors 192

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