House made the mistake of defining a set of “absolutes” and of claiming Prior had perfect mechanics. We all know now that there are no absolutes and there are no perfect mechanics. But, in my opinion, that’s all House is guilty of. I’d even be so bold as to say that those happenings were a necessary part of the learning process and of the evolution of our understanding of the act of pitching.
Now those who want to bash House will forever point to Prior and his injuries. But, really, there has never been any proof that Prior’s mechanics are what caused his injuries. Pitching is a very violent act and it puts tremendous stress on the soft tissues of the elbow and shoulder. Everyone - except for Prior’s orthopedist - who claim Prior’s mechanics caused his injuries are merely speculating. Really, House has worked with so many pitchers (at all levels) that if Prior is the only one with problems then I’d say House has a pretty good track record. The Prior thing gets blown way out of proportion, IMHO.
Fit To Pitch has a lot of good stuff in it. I read the book a while back and don’t remember anything to get concerned about. But use your own judgement. Of course, House and the NPA now have a book out called Fastball Fitness. I haven’t read it yet but there’s a chance that some of what’s in Fit To Pitch is outdated. Dunno.
My personal opinion is that House and the NPA are putting out some really good information these days. And they should. They have an impressive advisory board that reviews everything that they put out. The board includes pro pitchers/coaches as well as experts from other fields like strength and conditioning, nutrition, sports psychology, and especially sports medicine including Dr. Glenn Fleisig from the ASMI and Dr. James Andrews - the foremost Tommy John surgeon in the world. They work work jointly with organizations such as Titleist (the golf company) who has done a lot of motion analysis modeling. Most recently, the NPA has hooked up with the Andews Institute (Dr. Andrews’ organization) to focus on, I believe, injury prevention. How many others out there are doing all of these kinds of things?
But I am NPA-certified so I guess that makes me biased. :roll: