Finger-hand exercises

I purchased the Tuffcuff Manual and I think it is great. I have a question about how to condition the fingers for pitching. Last year my son began throwing in the mid eighties. He began having sharp pains in his joint closeest to his finger nail of his middle finger. As long as he stays under 85 he does not have any pain. The pain is only when he throws fast balls with his fingers slightly spaced apart. We have see several specialists and have had x-rays and an MRI. They have not been able to find the problem. I would like to strenghten these fingers during the off season. I could not find any information about finger conditioning in the Tuffcuff Manual. Do you have any suggestions?

Handmaster Plus - focuses specifically on the finger extensors

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My son has one and used it for almost 2 months. It did not help with the pain in his finger. Thanks anyway.

Maybe something
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would work?

This site has a lot of different equipment to exercise the hand and arm. I am not sure which one would be best for the middle finger joint. Thanks for the link.

one of my favorite workouts for hand strength is the rice bucket… you can dig in and get your whole hand and work individual fingers check it out here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FG7AJgRsPXk

Take your pitching hand and point the fingers up with your hand cup’d, then rest a baseball on the finger tips. The ball should look like it’s resting on five prongs.

Now slowly rotate the ball clockwise on the finger tips. Very soon, you’ll notice that you can’t control the ball … steady, without the thumb and the pinkie doing most of the work.

Now comes the hard part, concentrate on all the fingers doing equally well with rotating and controlling the ball on the finger tips as the ball is rotated clockwise. Most people find that the discomfort comes from the middle finger … right down the tendon and muscle line on the back of the hand right down to the wrist joint.

When the discomfort starts, stop the exercise, rest the hand a bit, then start over.

If your son can isolate the pain specifically, you might find a better idea of why the discomfort is there to begin with. If on the other hand your son’s discomfort is due to just a lack of conditioning and specific use - this
exercise can help.

By the way, there’s another hand exercise that goes back a bit to the days when all this fancy equipment ($$) wasn’t around. “Back in the day”, I use to bring stacks of old newspapers in and a-poor-man’s exercise was to take one page of newspaper at a time and with one hand see how small a man could crush that page into a small ball. I can tell you from experience that it didn’t take more that ten sheets of newspaper paper to that “burn” in the hand and arm muscles. Got kind of messy too, what with all the printer’s ink to wash off.

Coach B.

As for the rice work out I saw the clip and it does not show the motion the fingers are doing in the rice. What should the finger be doing in the rice?

As for the finger tip exercices I like your suggestions. should he increase the weight of the ball as he gets stronger?

Thanks, guys

No.

This exercise is not specifically designed to build strength, of and by itself, but dexterity and muscle conditioning are two definite benefits.

As your son goes through the routine, ask him these questions:

Do you have to concentrate on using ALL THE FINGERS equally as well?
Can you concentrate on using all the fingers without distractions?
Can you close your eyes and still FEEL the ball being managed by ALL the fingers?

After say - thirty (30) complete turns of the baseball ball, remove the baseball and clinch your fingers together - making a fist. Do you feel relief on the back of the hand and how about the muscles on both sides of the wrist?

After a week of doing about fifty (50)* reps - faithfully each day, pickup the ball and have a game of catch. Ask if his control with the ball, especially with his breaking stuff, seems to work a little better? (Note that this exercise is a cure-all for pitches that won’t work.)

Coach B.

  • 50 complete turns clockwise of the baseball in the hand.

Should he be slowly rotating the ball clockwise and not trying to spin the ball fast while doing this 50 times?

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Concentration is the key here to deliberately control the ball equally well with all fingers. Rarely does one rotate “quickly”, or “spin” the ball. Again, the key here is to concentrate by managing the ball on all finger tips.

Slow and easy does it generates the best of both worlds here:
(1) focus on managing the ball on all finger tips while rotating.
(2) feel all the muscle groups in the forearm, wrist and thumb/fingers
as they each contribute to a balanced, yet move with coordination to keep
the ball in place.

Your son will notice that rotating the ball CLOCKWISE is not as easy as it may first seem. After the first few rotations - it’ll start to fatigue those muscle groups that are carrying the majority of the load. He’ll soon feel the burn in the forearm muscle group, just below the wrist.

Best wishes with you and your son with his baseball experience.

Coach B.

I am not sure my son is doing this exercise correctly.

Is the forearm supposed to be horizontal or vertical?

Are the fingers rotating the ball or is the wrist rotating the ball?

If he uses his little finger the other finger don’t seem to be able to move very much.

Either way he is not feeling much discomfort in the middle finger.

My son is really interested in this exercise but he want to do it correctly.

Thanks for all your help.

Wow, there are finger-strengthening exercises, I thought you had to crack your knuckles once in a while :mrgreen: