If you’ve read my other posts you know that I’m 32 years old and in the process of “re-learning” how to throw after not touching a baseball for twenty years. Just when I thought I was getting it…
So yesterday, I threw with some guys from work for about thirty minutes during lunch, just playing catch. About five minutes in, I noticed my elbow getting a little sore. It got continually worse, and when we got back to the office I was in quite a bit of pain. The pain started with a light throb in the back of my arm, right where the tricep connects to the elbow, and gained intensity as it extended into the joint. It was more on the outside of the joint than the inside. It hurt for several hours, then just magically seemed to disappear. Very strange…especially since I’m getting to the age where I don’t heal as fast as I used to. Recovering from what appeared to be a serious joint strain in a few hours…obviously, something else was going on.
My theory is that I wasn’t following through properly. I was stopping my follow through a little short, causing me to slightly hyperextend my elbow with each throw. I also wasn’t getting my legs and hips into the motion enough, probably because I was trying to be too conservative and not risk wild pitches. Some test throws afterwards seemed to confirm this. I was also having a hard time getting any velocity on the ball. I can throw pretty hard when everything is working right, but yesterday things were obviously not working right. I realize now (after some more reading) that I was rotating my shoulders before my hips. I need to work on that.
Does it sound like I’m on the right track? Any theories as to what else I may have been doing wrong, and how to avoid it in the future?