I enjoy reading your advice and opinions on this page. I have a question regarding weighted balls. We have a senior pitcher who is a fringe DI RHP, but his velocity hovers around 85-86 MPH. He is our #1 varsity starter and has thrown this hard since his freshman year. I suggested throwing the weighted balls this off-season. He has suffered from tendonitis in his throwing elbow as a junior. His physical therapist says that throwing the weighted balls is not a good idea and could be dangerous. He suggested our pitcher just throw regular baseballs. I have done extensive research with weighted balls and have nothing but excellent results. I strongly believe in the over and under training principles, but I am not in the medical field. As far as your training goes, why can’t our RHP throw the weighted balls? Our pitcher as never suffered any tears or fractures in the arm just strains and soreness. I really feel he is being held back by the therapist not being able to throw the weighted balls. Once and for all, so I can tell future players in our program, are weighted balls medically dangerous? With solid functional strength and mechanics, can weighted balls hurt your arm? Your professional opinion is needed to help me deal with this situation.
Omaha Central HS Baseball