Of course people should try to do things to improve themselves, even if what they decide to do has some risk to it, but you have to understand your audience! If you were the kind of kid who took his time getting into something, carefully studied it to be sure he fully understood the do’s and don’ts, didn’t overextended himself, and understood that it takes time to modify one’s body without causing other problems, good for you. But the reality is, most “kids” aren’t like that.
When you decided to undertake the program you did, were you under same kind of gun Austin was, where there was a limited amount of time to make an extremely significant gain in performance? Its pretty easy to throw out platitudes and clichés about how to …, but its quite a different thing to put them into practice, especially for someone without the experience to understand the consequences of what he’s doing, and under what may well be significant pressure for him.
There are thousands of kids in Austin’s situation. There are some who will do what you did, but there are also some who would try to take shortcuts, because they don’t understand that its no big deal not to make the HS baseball team as a Fr! People mature at different rates, and the kid who can only throw 63 this year, may well mature and throw 75 next year, given some sound techniques, a solid conditioning programs, proper nutrition, and time to allow them to take effect.
I happen to be the parent of a child who even as a very successful college Fr decided he just had to jump into the strength training with both feet, and it cost him dearly because he didn’t understand what he was doing. If that can happen to a college Fr with 9 years of baseball experience under his belt, don’t you think its only wise to caution a HS Fr in even a more stressful situation to take care in his approach?