STOP Teaching the "Safety Curve"
May 6, 2016
The 5th of my "STOP" Newsletters:
In this newsletter we address coaches teaching a "safety curve" to young pitchers. When I worked in California they called it a "low-torque slider".
While the goal is correct...to protect young pitchers from getting hurt by throwing the curveball.
The premise is incorrect...that the snapping of the wrist is how the curveball injures pitchers.
It's NOT the snap of the wrist that damages the elbow.
It's the tilt of the shoulders.
I've done 4 newsletters highlighting how severe shoulder tilt increases arm stress:
In 2008 (click here for this newsletter):
2012 (click here for this newsletter):
What does 10 degrees of shoulder tilt look like?
What does 40 degrees of tilt look like?
2013 (click here for this newsletter):
2015 (click here for this newsletter):
If a young pitcher can throw his curveball with the same mechanics as the fastball, there is NO increased risk of injury.
BUT...very few young pitchers have consistent throwing motions just like very few young hitters have consistent swings.
SO...establish a consistent throwing motion, learn the changeup,
THEN learn the curveball.
It's not the snap. It's the tilt.
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