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49 minutes | May 14, 2015
Will Jarrod Parker Need a Third Tommy John Surgery?
THE FIX SEASON 2 EPISODE 12 Two injuries are discussed in depth by Joe Janish and baseball pitching motion expert Angel Borrelli. First, the broken elbow suffered by Oakland Athletics pitcher Jarrod Parker, who was rehabbing from his second Tommy John surgery. Second, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Drew Smyly‘s shoulder injury — Angel goes into detail to explain a labrum tear and how the role of the labrum and shoulder in the pitching motion. Finally, Angel offeres two baseball pitching velocity tips; the first involving the wrist, the second focused on the importance of the glove arm and how it controls rotation. Refer to photos below that illustrate the tips described.
49 minutes | May 14, 2015
Interview with Dr. Glenn Fleisig – Baseball Biomechanics Expert and ASMI Research Director
THE FIX SEASON 2 EPISODE 11 In this episode, Joe and Angel interview Dr. Glenn Fleisig, Research Director for American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) and the foremost expert on biomechanics of the baseball pitching motion. Among the topics covered include Major League Baseball’s willingness to accept science in general and biomechanical analysis in particular; how quantitative and qualitative analysis work together to correct flaws in the pitching motion; and how science can prevent pitching injuries. Dr. Fleisig explains the process of evaluating and applying mechanical adjustments. Finally, Dr. Fleisig answers hot-button questions such as: 1) can mechanical adjustments enhance performance; 2) what is keeping pitchers from making necessary changes; 3) how can pitchers avoid second — or third — Tommy John surgeries; 4) are pitching injuries inevitable.
42 minutes | May 12, 2015
Interview with Baseball Dad: Father of Joe DeMers
The Fix Season 2 Episode 10 What’s it like to be the parent of one of the top high school players in the country? How do you protect the arm of a star pitcher from being over-used and abused by overzealous coaches? When do professional baseball scouts and college coaches start calling and visiting your home, and how do you manage them? How do you decide whether to accept a four-year scholarship or sign a million-dollar contract from a MLB team? What can a parent do to keep his/her son’s life balanced and prevent burnout? How can you keep your son’s feet on the ground while he reaches for the stars? All these questions and more are answered by Tom DeMers, father of College Park High School (Pleasant Hill, California) senior and top-rated pitching prospect Joe DeMers.
34 minutes | May 9, 2015
Getting Over the Front Leg for Pitching Velocity Part Two
The Fix Season 2 Episode 9 In this episode, Joe Janish and Angel Borrelli discuss updates of pitchers from previous episodes, such as Homer Bailey, Jonathon Niese, Justin Verlander, Vic Black, and Masahiro Tanaka. In particular, Angel explains the connection between Vic Black’s herniated disc and his shoulder weakness, and she goes into detail about Tanaka’s reduced velocity. Finally, Angel provides a velocity tip by illustrating — with photos referenced below — how pitchers need to, and fail to, “get over the front leg.”
37 minutes | Apr 14, 2015
Baseball Pitching Velocity Tip: Get Over the Front Leg
THE FIX: Season 2 Episode 8 In this episode, Angel and Joe discuss the myriad arm injuries suffered by MLB pitchers in the first week of the season — Angel provides several reasons why those injuries occurred. In particular, they analyze the sudden elbow injury suffered by New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia. During which, Angel talks about the rules of the bones and explains what a journalist might mean by “slamming the elbow.” In the final segment, Angel offers a pitching velocity tip, illustrated by the photos below. Jon Niese NOT getting over the front leg (left) vs. Masahiro Tanaka successfully getting over the front leg (right): Two angles of Niese NOT getting over the front leg:
45 minutes | Apr 10, 2015
Pitching Velocity: How the Ball is Accelerated
THE FIX: Season 2 Episode 7 As The Fix podcast closes in on 5,000 all-time listens, Angel and Joe go back to the very first two episodes, which focused on Angel doing detective work to diagnose the nagging shoulder problems of New York Mets pitcher Jon Niese (see Jonathon Niese’s Shoulder Injury Explained, Part 1, and Part 2). More than a year later, Niese came to the exact same conclusion as Angel — a mechanical adjustment to his stride alleviates the pain and, hopefully, will prevent further injury to his shoulder. Additionally, Joe and Angel further investigate Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander‘s triceps injury, with Angel discussing pitching in pain and explaining the process and systems of getting injured pitchers from shutdown mode back to the mound. Finally, refer to the image above when Angel begins discussing the velocity tip at the end of the podcast.
62 minutes | Mar 31, 2015
A Velocity Tip That’s Better Than Weighted Balls (and Safer)
In Season 2, Episode 6 of The Fix, Joe Janish and Angel Borrelli discuss in detail Justin Verlander‘s triceps cramp, why it happened, his risk of continuing to pitch with it, how the issue can be fixed, and what pitchers should do if they suffer similar symptoms. In doing so, Angel explains the scientific process of diagnosing and fixing pitching mechanics from the perspective of a kinesiologist. Also, Angel uses Masahiro Tanaka‘s minor UCL tear as an example of what can happen when pitchers pitch through major injuries. Additionally, Angel answers a question from a listener regarding whether weighted balls and weighted ball programs are worthwhile for improving pitching performance. Finally, listeners are treated to a free tip to increase a baseball pitcher’s velocity, and it has to do with maximum external rotation. Above is the photo that Angel refers to in the podcast during her velocity tip.
48 minutes | Mar 26, 2015
Zack Wheeler Didn’t Need Tommy John Surgery
The New York Mets announced that Zack Wheeler underwent successful Tommy John surgery to repair his UCL and a torn flexor tendon. That’s good news. However, Wheeler could have avoided the surgery. How? Listen to Season 2, Episode 5 of The Fix. During the podcast, Angel Borrelli reviews the warning signs Wheeler had going back to his high school days on the mound — warning signs that weren’t properly dealt with. She also dispels the following myths: – pitching injuries are inevitable / unavoidable – man “isn’t meant to throw overhand” / “throwing a baseball is unnatural” – “throwing hard will eventually lead to injury” – the elbow cannot be strengthened – pitchers know more about pitching injuries than anyone else On a positive note, Angel provides a free tip on achieving peak velocity — in fact, it is the most fundamental element and foundation for reaching maximum speed and MPH. It’s called “separation.”
50 minutes | Mar 25, 2015
Could Tom Seaver Have Been Even Better?
Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver won 311 games and struck out over 3600 batters in his 20-year MLB career, relying on guts, guile, and pinpoint command of four pitches — including a mid-90s fastball. Could “Tom Terrific” have been even better? Hard to fathom, but baseball pitching motion expert Angel Borrelli points out a flaw in Seaver’s classic “drop and drive” delivery that robbed him of MPH. What was that flaw? Listen to Season 2, Episode 4 of The Fix to find out. Also in this episode, Angel and Joe Janish go into thorough detail regarding the “stretched” ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) suffered by New York Mets pitcher Josh Edgin, as well as the warning signs he experienced that led to the injury. They also review Gavin Floyd‘s chronic olecranon issue, a problem orginally covered on The Fix in the summer of 2014. Angel also explains what “torn flexor tendon” means, how it occurs, and how to prevent it. On the bright side, Angel and Joe highlight Washington Nationals pitcher Zack Thornton and how the 38-year-old lefty is still throwing gas (hat tip to a story in the Washington Post). Finally, Angel provides a secret to velocity that every pitcher should know.
39 minutes | Mar 20, 2015
Should baseball pitchers throw through soreness? Could Yu Darvish have avoided Tommy John surgery? Also, a secret to baseball pitching velocity revealed.
Baseball pitching motion expert Angel Borrelli and Joe Janish discuss the rash of pitching injuries suffered in the first week of 2015 spring training games. Is long toss a good idea when a pitcher has a sore arm and/or a possible arm injury? Should he “throw through” soreness? A particular focus on Gavin Floyd‘s chronic and recurring elbow injuries, as well as the contrast between how Yu Darvish and Mark Appel reacted to warning signs experienced during their pregame warmups. Other pitchers discussed include Cliff Lee, Brandon Cumpton, Tim Collins, Adam Wainwright, and Vincent Velasquez. Finally, Angel shares a secret to pitching velocity.
43 minutes | Mar 13, 2015
Homer Bailey's Mechanical Flaw and How To Fix It
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Homer Bailey has had multiple arm issues throughout his big-league career, and many of them can be traced to mechanical flaws in his pitching delivery. In Season 2, Episode 2 of The Fix, baseball pitching motion expert Angel Borrelli explains one of the flaws and how it can be fixed. Additionally, the scientist explains what “warming up” means and how pitchers should approach and execute a proper warmup routine. Finally, Angel reveals a pitching velocity secret that every pitcher can work on. Above and below are photos of Homer Bailey that go with subject matter presented in the podcast.
40 minutes | Mar 3, 2015
Why So Many Pitching Injuries This Time Of Year?
SEASON 2 EPISODE #1 of THE FIX Angel Borrelli and Joe Janish start off season two of The Fix discussing pitching mechanics and injury prevention. The beginning of spring training / spring practice through the beginning of the season is the time when most pitching injuries occur — why? Here’s a hint: you can’t blame it directly on cold weather. Also, what is the single most important factor to consider in keeping pitchers healthy this year — for pitchers at all levels from little league through the big leagues? (Another hint: it has nothing to do with pitch counts nor innings limits.) What should you be looking for, and asking your pitchers, when spring practice begins. Finally, Angel provides a secret to pitching velocity that pitchers can begin working on today.
31 minutes | Nov 1, 2014
When Pitching Mechanics Adjustments Should Be Made, and Why They Can Be Dangerous
THE FIX EPISODE #20 Pitching motion expert Angel Borrelli and baseball coach / blogger Joe Janish talk about the offseason for pitchers — both healthy pitchers and those recovering from injury. In particular, what baseball pitchers should be thinking about, doing, and training in preparation for the spring. Angel addresses the question of whether pitchers should be playing other sports, and also explains how to reverse-engineer their offseason throwing program to ensure they’ll be ready for spring training / spring practice. Finally, Angel and Joe discuss mechanical adjustments — when they should occur, and when and why they can be dangerous.
46 minutes | Sep 12, 2014
Why Pitchers Should NOT Play Other Sports in the Offseason
THE FIX EPISODE #19 Pitching motion expert Angel Borrelli and baseball coach / blogger Joe Janish talk about MLB pitching injuries, how they may have occurred, and how pitching injuries in general can be prevented. They briefly metnion Jonny Venters‘ third UCL tear, and why it may have happened. They also discuss Homer Bailey‘s torn flexor tendon, going in-depth to describe the flexor and its role in the pitching motion, and Bailey’s risk of suffering another arm injury in the future. Angel and Joe also go over Danny Duffy‘s recent shoulder inflammation and how it may be related to his previous UCL tear and Tommy John surgery. Finally, Angel and Joe take on the theory that baseball pitchers should be playing other sports during the offseason, suggesting that Dr. James Andrews’ recommendation may have been misinterpreted.
35 minutes | Aug 23, 2014
Offseason Pitching Programs and the Question of Long Toss
THE FIX EPISODE #18 Pitching motion expert Angel Borrelli and baseball coach/blogger Joe Janish discuss the Mets’ decision to stall Matt Harvey‘s rehabilition schedule based on teammate Jeremy Hefner‘s setback. Angel offers theories on why the Mets may have come to this decision and explains the possible risks of slowing down Harvey’s progress. Additionally, she offers insight on what pitchers — both healthy and those rehabbing from injury — should be doing in the offseason. Finally, Angel answers a question from a listener regarding an offseason long-toss program recommended to a high school pitcher.
36 minutes | Aug 3, 2014
What Is A Pronator Mass Strain?
THE FIX EPISODE #17 Pitching motion expert Angel Borrelli and baseball blogger Joe Janish talk about pitching mechanics. The show begins with discussion of Tyler Skaggs‘ decision to walk off the mound while in the middle of pitching a no-hitter. That leads into an explanation of a “pronator mass strain,” which was Skaggs’ initial diagnosis as well as the injury suffered by Cliff Lee. Angel then describes some signs that a pitcher may be fatigued and/or about to injure himself; and what a coach shoud do in such a situation. Further, Angel explains how a pitcher should be brought back from such an injury. The show closes with Joe and Angel talking about the theory that MLB pitchers will inevitably suffer decreased performance once they reach age 30 — including recommendations by Angel that can result in pitchers maintaining or increasing their performance as they age.
50 minutes | Jul 27, 2014
The “Inverted W” Explained
THE FIX EPISODE #16 Pitching motion expert Angel Borrelli and ESPN SweetSpot blogger Joe Janish start out by discussing the deceleration phase of the baseball pitching motion and how it is important toward both staying healthy and in troubleshooting mechanics. Then, they talk about a mechanical flaw that some pitchers exhibit (most notably Stephen Strasburg, Mark Prior, and Zack Wheeler) that is described in some circles as an “inverted W.” Finally, Joe recounts the Seattle Mariners’ decision to leave pitcher Roenis Elias in a recent game after he suffered a forearm cramp.
45 minutes | Jun 29, 2014
The 7 Unbreakable Rules for Summer Baseball
THE FIX EPISODE #15 Summer baseball is here, so many boys and young men are playing on multiple teams and/or in tournaments — making it the easiest time of year for pitchers, coaches, and parents to break rules that can endanger a pitcher’s health. Don’t know the rules or forgot them? Listen up and take notes if you want to keep a young pitcher’s arm healthy — both for this summer and for many years to come — as Angel and Joe discuss Seven Unbreakable Rules for Summer Baseball.
51 minutes | Jun 14, 2014
The Warning Signs and Precursors To UCL Injury
THE FIX EPISODE #14 Sport kinesiologist and baseball pitching mechanics expert Angel Borrelli discuss Chad Billingsley‘s setback, including a description of the flexor tendon, its role in the pitching motion, and how it relates to the UCL and Tommy John surgery. Further, Angel explains the importance of recognizing warning signs / precursors to UCL injury, as well as finding the root cause of injuries — which are often traced back to a flaw or flaws in the pitching motion. Also, Angel defines the olecranon, how Gavin Floyd may have fractured it, and how Floyd’s fracture of it may be related to his UCL injury. Finally, Angel addresses the myth that velocity increases with longer stride / stride length should be a specific percentage of body height.
35 minutes | Jun 14, 2014
Tommy John Surgery Rehabilitation Explained
THE FIX EPISODE #13 Sport kinesiologist Angel Borrelli and baseball instructor / blogger Joe Janish discuss reasons why pitchers going through rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery may run into setbacks, and, how to avoid them. They also explain the reasons so many MLB pitchers are having second Tommy John surgeries, and what can be done to prevent further elbow injuries. Finally, Angel talks at length about the rehab process in general, including reasons why some pitchers take longer than others to return to the mound. Some of the pitchers discussed in this episode include Chad Billingsley, Jeremy Hefner, and Matt Harvey.
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