Can any specialist give me help with this? Which is better (control-wise) and safer (injury-wise) for pitchers to throw bullpens (from the mound to a CA)? A) Throw 30 pitches per bullpen and throw 2 bullpens per week or B) Throw 60 pitches per bullpen and throw 1 bullpen per week
Remember...this is for high school aged 16-18 year old kids. OR is there a better suggestion than these? Thank you so much
Post by Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. on May 4, 2006 12:35:32 GMT -6
This is a good question, but it really should be viewed as part of a bigger picture. In order to get the best performance and least injury risk out of your staff, you need to consider many issues together:
how often they pitch in games
how often they practice
the quality of their pitching mechanics
their physical maturity and genetic make-up
strength & conditioning program
other issues (types of pitches thrown, nutrition, weather, psychology, etc.)
So before getting responses to this posting, please provide a little more information about your situation. How often do your pitchers pitch? Pitches per game, number of games per week, weeks per season? Other leagues they pitch in - summer leagues, winter leagues, traveling teams, etc. Quality of their mechanics and instruction they receive? What city or area of the country do you play in? What kind of conditioning program do you use, if any?
After we get more information, we can provide some pieces to the puzzle.
The players in question have the following characteristics: They are all Jrs or Srs in high school (16-18 y.o.) They all play in central Alabama. The program is for the high school season only (Jan 30 to May 15) The pitchers will not be playing any other type of outside ball during this period. They have come from an offseason weight/aerobic program and will be on a once or twice a week in-season weight training. Their physical maturity and mechanics are at or above average for high school kids. They pitch one full game or two half-games per week (100 pitches for a full game or a combination of 100 pitches if they throw in 2 games) They will be throwing Fastballs, Curveballs, and Change Ups only. They practice 6 days per week.
At season's end (Jan to May), the most they will have pitched is approximately 80 innings (competitively) and have thrown around 1000 pitches.
Post by David Osinski, Am Baseball Fdn on May 5, 2006 7:07:10 GMT -6
I would think that most pitchers would prefer to throw the two-bullpen sessions per week. That would allow them to work on different pitches and their locations at more than one time per week. It could be that the speed of the pitches determines bullpen length and spacing. Harder throws might need more rest time. Pitchers who don't throw very hard might be able to do more bullpens per week since their rest time could be less.
Post by Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. on May 5, 2006 7:22:43 GMT -6
Thanks, wondering. I will try to get some answers for you.
Meanwhile, you might also consider posting your question on the message board at eteamz.com. I believe that on this ASMI message board you will receive a few responses, but they will be scientifically-based. On eteamz you may receive many more responses, but they will be opinion-based and you will have to decide which ones you agree or disagree with.