GHEESH Chris I just read that blog and I came away with the idea that Steven was talking about stretching only because he directly used the words STRETCHING more than once in his post. Why you are TRYING to undermine what Steven was actually saying I have no idea. Why Steven lets you perplexes me even more, thats his deal not mine. I have done my best and have left you alone for the most part in recent times. Deciding your not worth the hassle I sometimes receive for my derogatory posting style I use with your absurd posts, like this one. If this kid is a young teenager or not an adult he NEEDS to be stretching frequently. You are so far off base with your "notion" of stretching properly its quite ridiculous. Your "notion" that all that is needed is a flexible torso when thought through is STUPID at best. So if a person works at become flexible within his torso what happens to the rest of the body? What about the groin or hamstrings? What if they are extremely tight and the torso is extremely flexible? Ill say this, my own son had severe oshgoods schlatters in his knees. By sheer luck he was able to be seen by perhaps the most trusted and experienced physical therapist in this COUNTRY. Check him out his name is Gary Gray, Gary Gray has been personally flown to California to properly warm up and stretch the likes of Kobi Bryant before basketball games. He has won several pretigious awards within his occupation, quite simply he is one of if not the best there is. He watched my kid run around for about 1 single minute and knew exactly what had to be done. STRETCHING, in particular the pelvis/hip areas. He put it like this and it was this simple. The kid has bouts of severe pain just under the kneecap . It is either a flexibility issue from the ankle to the knee or from the pelvis to the knee. Within 2 weeks of doing what he told us to do his bouts of pain subsided after a month they all but disappeared. I dont think his situation was unique in any way when compared to the millions of other young athletes who have the same kinds of problems. Any kid that is growing at rapid rates can have huge imbalances in regards to bone length/joint space/muscle length as well as muscle tightness and laxity. In NO way does proper stretching do anything but good for these people. For you to say otherwise is nothing more than Chris Oleary being WRONG again!
For you to tell a young person that stretching will or could likely lead to injury is IRRESPONSIBLE to say the least. 1- you have no idea what you are talking about. 2- you are mistating research or perhaps better said negating some parts of what research is THOUGHT not even proven but THOUGHT to be correct. Your point may have some merit in regards to stretching right before competition but thats where it also ends. Stretching should be incorporated on other days or times when high performance or competition is absent. ESPECIALLY in young ahtletes who are growing. Not to mention any baseball player that does not stretch his posterior cuff is likely on the road to an injury. I have yet to hear a single case of a person becoming injured and his doctor or p.t. therapists professional diagnosment is, " hes just flat out to flexible for his own good". On the other hand I have heard many many times over, " this kid is tighter than a banjo string". Im not interested in hearing what your mentor has to say about stretching being bad and I am even less interested in your "notions" regarding the same subject matter. You have proven over and over again your CLUELESS!
Ive come to the realization that you are obviously hellbent in your quest to conquer the world of pitching mechanics, good luck. That being said when it comes to giving advice to young kids about training/stretching or any other athletic function do so on your own site where others will not be painted with the same brush that may be used to critique yourself. Quit simply you are not up to the task to give advice on naything other than perhaps elevator pitches, my opinion only.