Swimming


#1

Is swimming a good exercise for pitchers? If so, what kind of swimming?


#2

Yes, swimming is good for the shoulder … but I’d do it only in the off-season, because it can be very stressful when combined with throwing/pitching and other types of in-season training.

Crawl, breast stroke, back stroke are all great. To place more emphasis on the arms/shoulders/rotator cuff, place a kick board between your knees or feet, to isolate your upper body … so you don’t kick when you swim.


#3

So, just focus on using your arms and none of your legs?


#4

Start out performing the movements with your legs. But as you progress, I’d take away the feet, to make the exercises more difficult. As with all thyes of cardio training … train explosively.

Swim as fast as you can for 30 seconds. Rest for 90 seconds. Repeat 6 to 10 times or more. Up to you.


#5

Swimming is excellent exercise.

They have things called “pull buoys” that are foam pieces that can be placed between your legs in place of a kick board. Same effect as the kickboards but they are more comfortable and don’t slip out as much.


#6

My younger brother is a pitcher an a swimmer. He swims all year round, about 2-3 miles a day, 4-5 x a week. Needless to say, when he suffered an injury that kept him out of the water but allowed him to play baseball for 8 weeks, his velocity as well as his hitting suffered a little. Swimming is definetly helpful.