Then why do pitchers suffer elbow injuries if we have this safety feature built-in?
Everyone in this thread is grossly oversimplifying what kind of stressors are on the lateral band of the UCL and how to best manage them. I highly doubt Wolforth is teaching people to “overpronate” or “decelerate” without having done a lot of research and experimentation on his own, and I would caution everyone against making sweeping generalizations about someone’s program without having actually read and watched it in its entirety.[/quote]
Kyleb, I disagree with your statement on everyone oversimplifying the process. The only one that seems to try and oversimplify the process would be Wolforth and others that are making claim to pronation being the answer. There are just way too many variables involved. What if the player lacks mobility or strength in the hips, would pronation be the answer? No and there could be 100 pages of questions similar to this one. What if he were RA Dickey and didn’t have a UCL? Just being funny on that one.
Is pronation a built in mechanism, absolutely. Does it prevent us from injuries? To a limited degree but NO. Does pronation slow down the arm? Yes. Is it the only area of the body involved with slowing down the arm? NO. What about the other parts of the body beginning to decelerate before the arm? Are they a factor? Yes. Is the only stress on the UCL come from deceleration, No. Why do we continue to have injuries? Because throwing a baseball is extremely violent for lack of a better word. Throwing a baseball stresses every joint, muscle, tendon, ligament in our body and the only way to totally rid baseball players of throwing injuries is to stop throwing.
I look at this way, if I am trying to increase my vertical then I am going to jump as high as can. If my intent is to reach new heights I will find a way to do so but to a limit, who knows the limit. Now, if my coach tells me that instead of jumping higher he wants me to land softer. Then my body won’t jump as high but will land softer. So by jumping lower and landing softer I would lower my risk for injury. That makes sense to me.
I don’t think anyone was making a sweeping generalization of his program unless his program only covers deceleration and I highly doubt that. Marshall has been teaching this for years and O’leary was preaching lower elbow. Its been around and not just Wolforth so I don’t think its a personal attack of him or his program.
Kyleb, what your thoughts of the stressors on the lateral UCL band and pronation?