I have recently been diagnosed with elbow tendinitis for the second time. The first was about two years ago.
The first time, I think it was my slider, where I was twisting my hand while throwing, which lead to great movement and speed (batters did not make contact with it for the first ~6 months of throwing it, even foul tips). When I stopped doing that, it started getting better.
This time, it might be related, since I still feel like I should twist my hand when I throw it, but I do not think it is the same this time.
My two ideas right now are:
- overuse, frequently over 100 in-game pitches
- mechanics, arm has been feeling whippier recently
I’m definitely cutting back on pitching for a while, so if it is overuse, hopefully it will be solved.
But, if it is mechanics, that might not help.
I’ve found recently that I can generate more whip (starting with my legs) when I raise my arm (though more hits I think, maybe just better opponent)
I can comfortably throw from any slot. From the field, I change based on where the ball is. However, when pitching I have often been about low 3/4 (now high 3/4 to overhand).
Any tips on reducing the stress on my elbow are appreciated. I don’t plan on going pro or anything (although it would be amazing if I could, even for 1 season), I just want to continue pitching for as long as I can (18 in college now, playing club).
any mechanical things that reduce elbow stress?