Running after pitching


#1

should you run after pitching every time after pitching or just for sore arms or not at all, and does distance depend on innings pitched?


#2

You’re going to get a lot of different responses … but in pro ball, pitchers ran the next day. Immediately after pitching, they’d ice if needed, take a protein shake, and then take a shower.

The following day, they’d do a long “flush” run of about 3 miles, do some light toss for about 5-10 minutes to loosen up the arm, and follow that with some lightweight tubing or shoulder conditioning exercises.


#3

Like Steven said, lot of different responses. I run right after 1 pole for every 10 pitches, gets the blood flowing and recovery starting right away. Then ice after if I have any discomfort (if there is any injury). Then usually run again next day unless I’m going to pitch again.


#4

Personally, my legs are pretty shot after pitching. However, my arm tightens up if I go immediately from throwing to driving home, so I usually run 2 poles. The first pole I jog, then second pole I usually do some sort of intervals. I prefer harder running to jogging, as it stimulates greater blood flow and you will drive your arms harder, getting a greater range of motion. However, as I said before, my legs are already pretty fatigued, so the volume is pretty low.

I usually get a light jog in the next day, just a few poles or so. Just something to get the blood flowing to speed the recovery process.

Eric Cressey has a post on his site for post-throwing stretches to do. I’ve been doing them after throwing this year, and my arm has been feeling great from them. I don’t have the link on hand, but it should be realtively easy to find.