By: Cassidy McCoy PT, DPT
Baseball season is back, and summer is almost here, so let’s get out and get playing. Since Chicago is now home to the World Series Champions, here are some pointers to get your kids throwing like the pros.
1. Face the side so your non-throwing arm is facing the target.
2. Using your elbow or fingertips, line yourself up so you are pointing directly at the middle of the target.
1. The Wind Up: Bring your throwing arm up so your elbow is bent at a 90 degree angle and is in line with your shoulder. The majority of your weight should be in your back foot.
2. Step forward with the leg opposite your throwing arm (toes pointed forwards) as you begin to bring your arm forward gradually shifting your weight into the front foot.
3. The Release: Should occur as your arm comes over your head, slightly higher then the forehead.
The Follow-Through (End Position)
- The majority of your weight should be in your front foot, with the heel of your back foot, or the entire foot, lifted off the ground.
- Your arm should fully move diagonally across your trunk ending at the hip/leg opposite of the throwing arm, with your trunk rotated so your shoulder are facing forwards (towards the target).
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