If you only have to shut down for one week, you must not be in very bad shape. The tough part will be forcing yourself to start back up slowly. My recommendation is to come up with a plan. Knowing what your supposed to be doing will help you stick to it.[/quote]
Well, I have been resting it (not throwing in practice) and icing it some for the past two weeks. I never let it get really bad. The thing that stinks is that we have 8 games in 8 days starting Friday and I really want to pitch, instead of just playing 1st base like I probably will have to do. [/quote]
Like I said, forcing yourself to be patient will be the hard part.
[quote]Anyway, I do have a question about equal and opposite. I think I can better explain my question using the clip below of Randy Johnson:
I see his hands break equally…and oppositely, but all seems to happen before his foot lands. Is it right when his foot lands that the picture below takes place?[/quote]
Equal and opposite doesn’t have anything to do with hand break. Rather, it deals with arm positioning at front foot plant. So, yes, the picture below showing an equal and opposite arm position is at (or near - can’t see the feet) foot plant.
And also, is the whole point of equal and opposite to balance the weight on each side (if arms = 7% of body weight, then you want 3.5% on each side)? So are you really trying to mirror the throwing arm, or just match it so to speak?[/quote]
Balance is only one aspect of equal and opposite. And, in my opinion, it’s the least important aspect. The other, more important, aspect of equal and opposite is that of timing. If you fail to get to equal and opposite at foot plant, you will likely have timing issues. The most common things that I see are either the glove arm never achieves equal and opposite or it does so before foot plant. Both of these usually result in early rotation. Forcing the glove arm to take the time to get into equal and opposite buys time for the shoulders to stay closed long enough for the hips to fully rotate and that lets you get maximum benefit from hip and shoulder separation.
Equal and opposite pretty much means equal angles at the elbows and wrists but nothing more. The arm positioning doesn’t need to be held for an artifically long period of time. In fact, the position is often achieved momentarily in passing- there is no pause at that position. If you find that you need to pause there until your front foot plants, chances are you’re not moving forward soon enough and/or fast enough.