Pain on the left leg (I'm a RHP)


#1

Hi

I’m a right-handed pitcher and I have been experiencing some pain on my left leg everytime I pitch. I think it happens when I’m rotating my torso and hips over my striding leg (left leg).

I don’t know why this is happening but it bother me when I’m pitching. I think thism might be because I think I do not have a great follow through. I can’t get my right leg “follow through naturally”.

OK, I’m gonna put some pictures along with this post to illustrate where I’m feeling this pain, so you guys have a better idea where it is:

*OBS: Just click on the thumbnails to view it on the correct size.

http://img242.imageshack.us/my.php?image=injurymaddux8bx.jpg][img]http://img242.imageshack.us/img242/7734/injurymaddux8bx.th.jpg[/img

http://img242.imageshack.us/my.php?image=injurymaddux23rb.jpg][img]http://img242.imageshack.us/img242/1791/injurymaddux23rb.th.jpg[/img

http://img263.imageshack.us/my.php?image=injuryclemens9qv.jpg][img]http://img263.imageshack.us/img263/8987/injuryclemens9qv.th.jpg[/img

I’m gonna be the starter on a game this coming Sunday and I’ve worked a lot on the follow through but I’m going to test it on the game.
After the game I’m gonna come back here to tell you the results and if I felt anything during the game…

I will try and make a video clip with me pitching later also.

Thanks for helping me.


#2

Has anyone ever told you that you look like Maddux from the back and Clemens from the front… :wink:

Anyway, that’s a weird place to be feeling pain.

My first thought is that you could be landing with you leg stiff (or stiffening your leg as you follow through) which could cause some jarring. It could drive your leg bone up into your socket. You might also be landing with your foot too open or too closed.


#3

[quote=“Chris O’Leary”]Has anyone ever told you that you look like Maddux from the back and Clemens from the front… :wink:
[/quote]

hahahahaha no, not really hahahaha

[quote=“Chris O’Leary”]Anyway, that’s a weird place to be feeling pain.

My first thought is that you could be landing with you leg stiff (or stiffening your leg as you follow through) which could cause some jarring. It could drive your leg bone up into your socket. You might also be landing with your foot too open or too closed[/quote]

That could be it… I feel like I land with the the leg a little bit closed…

About stiffening your leg when you follow through. Shouldn’t you do this?

I mean, take a look at those pictures:

Clemens following through
http://cache.gettyimages.com/xc/55985629.jpg?v=1&c=MS_GINS&k=2&d=17A4AD9FDB9CF1939847EC77F5F8D1CECC306E470492C8F6

Clemens again
http://cache.gettyimages.com/xc/55880886.jpg?v=1&c=MS_GINS&k=2&d=17A4AD9FDB9CF1939847EC77F5F8D1CE4BEA6A91694F85F2

And again hehe
http://cache.gettyimages.com/xc/55435668.jpg?v=1&c=MS_GINS&k=2&d=17A4AD9FDB9CF1939847EC77F5F8D1CEB870841CCF60953A

I don’t know if that was what you meant or if I misunderstood what you said.
I’m going to work on landing exactly on the same line as my right leg.


#4

Not necessarily.

Not everyone does it, and I am concerned that stiffening the glove-side leg (e.g. locking the glove-side knee) may be related to an increased risk of elbow and shoulder injuries.


#5

You could also be striding forward too hard into your glove-side leg.

I don’t think a hugely powerful stride is necessary to develop power. Rather, I think the key is to make sure that the hips rotate well ahead of the shoulders.


#6

Chris when you say striding forward too hard you mean what?

Thanks Chris, I’m definatly going to test some things to see if they work so I can pitch painless.

Like I said, I’m going to pitch this Sunday and then I’m coming back with how I felt during the game.
I threw some balls today and I think my follow through is better btw. And I didn’t feel any pain on my leg (But I did not throw it hard and just made a few pitches).

Like I said earlier I felt like my left leg didn’t follow my body “naturally” and I ended my delivery in a very poor position to make a play should the guy hit the ball to me. Now I’m trying and ending on a much better position to field the ball I think.


#7

When coming out of your leg lift, how powerfully do you stride toward the plate and land on your glove-side foot? What is the angle of your knee when you land on your glove-side foot (e.g. is you knee bent or is it locked)?

Do you slam into your glove-side leg or do you smoothly rotate around it?


#8

When coming out of your leg lift, how powerfully do you stride toward the plate and land on your glove-side foot? What is the angle of your knee when you land on your glove-side foot (e.g. is you knee bent or is it locked)?

Do you slam into your glove-side leg or do you smoothly rotate around it?[/quote]

I stride normally, without rushing… It’s not a powerfull stride. The angle of my left leg is approximately 135° (bent).

I think the problem might be while rotating over it. I feel like I “over-rotate”. I usually “fall off the mound”, especially when throwing a curveball.

Could this be the problem? Thanks.


#9

It could be.

Perhaps you are taking too long of a stride (which could affect your balance). You might want to play around with shortening up your stride.


#10

It could be.

Perhaps you are taking too long of a stride (which could affect your balance). You might want to play around with shortening up your stride.[/quote]

Hmm ok, I’m gonna try it. I purchased Mr. Ellis’ ebook and I read it entirely. And he says something about the lenght of the stride. I think it says something like your stride should be 20 inches less than your height… or something like that. I don’t remember it exactly.
When I tried it I thought it was waaay big for me.

Like I said, it is much better with a video. I will try and make a video of me pitching.

Thanks for your help.


#11

Hey, I just got back from my game.

Although I was not pitching well, I threw only 3.0 IP (out of 7), I gave up 3 walks and 1 ER. But my defense was really really bad, and I ended up giving away 7 RUNS, but like I said, just 1 ER

But Chris, I didn’t feel any pain on my left leg while pitching, but I didn’t get to go deep on the game.

Like I said I will try to make a video of me pitching this week, so you might help me out better.

But thanks a lot for the help.