[quote=“Taylor”]I’ve never really gotten this idea, who just thinks it’s okay to throw something 3oz but anything heavier is detrimental. Is playing dodgeball or football more harmful because you throw something heavier then a baseball?
I can understand how it will screw up your mechanics if your used to a baseball and then you start throwing a 10oz ball as hard as you can right away and throw hooks and everything else. I can see that. But just going through the motions and throwing the ball I don’t see why there are two sides to that argument.[/quote]
The concern for me is that throwing a weighted ball without proper mechanics and oversight can cause injury to the small muscles of the shoulder, minor or major. The upside is that the larger muscles of the body that drive the ball are also developed to a lesser extent, and with tubing and other back shaping and core work you can strengthen those muscles to the point where you can throw your hardest for a longer period of time and more consistently. BTW, I agree that the weighted balls teach you to throw with greater effort.
Weighted balls in and of themselves can be detrimental if not used in a program designed to develop the body as a whole. BUT…if used in such a program, I believe that the gains can be incredible.
Another observation: Some kids think they’re giving it 100% when in fact their experience in giving 100% is pretty limited. They have no frame of reference. For those kids, the weighted balls can be especially effective in providing them with a drill that pushes them beyond their comfort zone.