Arm cracking


#1

I am a 6’3" 225 lb LHP and I have been doing a Velocity program over the past 7 weeks, specifically the Velocity+ArmCare (http://velocityplusarmcare.com) program. The program includes 2lb, 1lb, 6oz, 5oz, 4oz, and a 2oz ball that you train with. You are given 3 exercises, one where you do a full throw with the balls. The exercises are: one on your knees, one from the power position, and one where you get a running start and throw it. Each of these also has a “hold” segment, where you do the full throwing motion at full force but do not release the ball. So really there are 6 exercises. Each week has a schedule of : day one-holds and throws, day two- off, day three-holds only,day four- off, day five - holds and throws, and day 6 &7 are off. Around week 5, i was doing low rows as part of a workout with my football team when the coach was making sure I pinched my shoulder blades during the exercise. He was also my baseball coach in 7th grade, (I’m a junior now) and he said when I did the exercise he felt my throwing shoulder and shoulder blade cracking. I didn’t think much of it at the time because it is not painful. Now I feel the cracking a lot when I roll my shoulder and a littlewhen I throw. Also, when I lean my head to the right and bring it back to upright there is a small painless pop. (Remember I am a lefty) It is now week 7 of the program, and I just finished the workout with holds and throws 30 minutes ago, and underneath shoulder blade has a very small pain. I feel like I want to visit my sports Doctor, because it is only popping in my throwing shoulder, and if he doesn’t know, I my see a specialist. I could really use some help/advice. Thanks.


#2

You are on the right track with going to see your doctor. You should make a list of the things you have been doing. Maybe even some video on your phone. Take the lightest and heaviest ball so you can show them what you are doing. Don’t wait. See someone as soon as you can.

Best wishes,

Ted


#3

Are you working with an NPA certified instructor or are you doing the program on your own?

Were you tested initially to determine the heaviest ball you should start the program with?

Were you taught and are you doing the dynamic warm-up/arm care routine before doing the throws/holds?

Were you instructed not to do any outside throwing or weight training during the Velocity+ program?

When you say you are in week 7, did you re-test after week 5 and turn in your numbers to get an updated program?

Do you think the cracking/popping started since you started the Velocity+ program or was it there from prior?


#4

Are you working with an NPA certified instructor or are you doing the program on your own?
I am doing the program on my own.
Were you tested initially to determine the heaviest ball you should start the program with? Yes, I sent in a result sheet of my velocities with a 6,5&4oz ball and they gave me a personalized workout after viewing the results with all the balls.
Were you taught and are you doing the dynamic warm-up/arm care routine before doing the throws/holds? Yes.

Were you instructed not to do any outside throwing or weight training during the Velocity+ program? It says limit your weightlifting during the program, and I only lifted about once or twice a week during the first 6 weeks during football.

When you say you are in week 7, did you re-test after week 5 and turn in your numbers to get an updated program? Yes.
Do you think the cracking/popping started since you started the Velocity+ program or was it there from prior? I think it started during the program, or it may have slightly been there before but it has become more intense after I have done this program.