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The Importance of Total Body Strength

You don't just pitch with your arms-you pitch with your entire body!! Because of this fact it is very important to have total body strength. Most injuries that occur happen for 2 reasons...1) improper mechanics 2) overuse and strain due to muscles being unevenly developed!!

Not only do you need to make sure that you are strengthening your throwing arm, you need to strengthen your glove side along with your back muscles, your core muscles, hips and legs. Along with strength you need to make sure you are stretching!!  You need to keep your muscles strong and flexible to avoid strain and injury! Softball pitchers when properly conditioned and trained should be able to pitch as much as they want to or as much as their team needs them to!! So get out there and start workin ladies!!

Want to improve your arm speed? Of course you do, as we all know you can never be too strong or too fast! Try mixing up your normal warmup routine. After your normal snaps and arm circles, when you are good and loose go ahead and repeat the same snaps and circle routine except with a weighted ball (nothing too heavy-between 9 and 11 oz. is good). After that continue with your normal routine using the same weighted ball. Continue with the weighed ball into your fastballs. Throw about 10-15 fastballs with the weighed ball then go back to the regular ball. Throw about 10 fastballs with the regular ball then 10 more fastballs with the weighted ball again. You will definitely feel a difference in your arm speed when you are finished. The key then is to continue throwing with that extra speed-No Slacking Off!!

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