Do You Suffer from a Muscle Imbalance?

Steve Delabar

Recently on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, an episode aired about a pitcher named Steve Delabar that was enjoying life as an A league ball pitcher with hopes of making the big leagues when he blew his elbow out. After giving up his dream of pitching, he went back to school and became a teacher and baseball coach.

He was always interested in a pitching program that he had heard about to help pitchers improve speed, and so he started learning it to use it in his coaching. Testing it out on himself, he began measuring his own speed with a radar gun. To his surprise, he was throwing 85 mph! Shortly thereafter it was up into the 90s! After hitting 95 and 96 mph he decided to call up some scouts to come out and take a look. This story has a great ending…he’s called to the big leagues! Not bad for a guy who never made it out of Minor A ball!

He dedicates all of his success to the pitching program developed by two guys that noticed how baseball players constantly blew out their shoulders but tennis players never did. Serving a tennis ball puts a lot of stress on the shoulder joint, but yet they never seem to get injured. The key to the program’s success lies in the fact that tennis players never let go of the racket when serving (at least not on purpose), while pitchers always let go of the ball. This ultimately results in a muscle imbalance between the anterior and posterior portions of the shoulder. The anterior is over active, while the posterior is under active, and therefore grows weak. The key in balancing the opposing muscle groups is practicing throwing without releasing.

As a Corrective Exercise Specialist, I thought this was a really inspiring story that spelled out the importance of equality amongst opposing muscle groups perfectly.

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  1. Dennis
    Posted April 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    whats the name of the program melissa

  2. Dennis
    Posted April 4, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    or the name of the two guys i would truly appreaciate it

  3. miguel
    Posted April 20, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    I saw the real sports about steve delabar and I want to know where can I get info(i.e.) book video on the various training methods to strengthing shoulder. Very interested.

  4. Holly
    Posted May 21, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    I would love the information on this exercise/technique…I have a college age left handed pithcher wanting to increase his velocity! Thank you!

  5. Posted May 25, 2012 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    Hi Holly, I wish I had more info to give you as a lot of people have requested more. I would suggest that you Google Bryant Gumball as that was the show that covered the story. I don’t know the name of the coaches that developed the program, but you may be able to find out their names from the TV channel’s website. Best of luck.

  6. Roleey
    Posted June 5, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    I have a reconstructed elbow on my throwing arm
    N 5 screws would anything help my velocity n pain…

  7. Roleey
    Posted June 5, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    BTW very inspirational regardless of his stats,for him to just b able to pitch in the big leagues god blessed him for not quitting ..U go Steve against all odds…

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