Injuries are the scourge of any athlete. If you are a softball pitcher, an injury to your arm could put you away for a few days or weeks, even if more serious injuries could end your career.
Although injuries happen unexpectedly (who wants to be hurt anyway?), There are things you can do to prevent them. Once you see that most sport – related injuries result from poor technique and poor mechanics, you will see what I mean.
Here are some things you can do to avoid injury when you launch:
1. Warm Up – A lot of players do not warm up thinking that the warm ups really do not give their game anything. What they do not know, is that : 1) Do not warm up seriously affects their performance 2) Warm up avoids a lot of sports-related injuries.
Avoiding warm-ups exposes you to different types of injuries, ranging from falling muscles to spraining. So to keep you from being sidelined, warming up is your first line of defense.
2. By practicing a proper pitching mechanics – you can also be injured because of a bad pitching mechanics. The more often you present with the incorrect form, the more likely you will hurt yourself. If you launch correctly, you will be able to throw the ball with less effort than with a bad shape.
3. Get enough rest – it's perfectly fine if you're looking to continually improve your pitching so you can launch faster and more accurately. However, you should also give your body enough time to recover between practices and not try to practice too much. Get enough leftover accidents from overuse injuries especially on the shoulders and rotator cuff.
4. Remember to follow – some players tend to slam their slack, that is to say that they stop the movement of their arms immediately after the ball leaves their hand. But this can lead to injuries to the arms and shoulders. So, if you notice that you are doing this, change this technique as soon as you can and let your arm swing naturally once you release the ball.
5. Take things slowly – perfecting your pitch technique will take years to develop fully. So, do not force yourself to get the perfect pitch right away. Give yourself time to learn the fundamentals first, nail them until they become a part of your system, and develop by perfecting your terrain. Hurrying will only lead to frustration, burnout and inadequate techniques that will result in injury.
6. Get a trainer who knows his stuff – no one expects you to perfect your shot on your own.
To be a better pitcher, you also need the advice of a good coach. And by good, I mean someone who really knows his stuff. He must be able to show you the proper pitching mechanisms while understanding that each thrower has his own pitching techniques and adjust his tips accordingly.
Want to enjoy the softball any longer? Then I highly recommend you follow the advice on the softball throw that I have listed above to prevent you from being sidelined because of injury.