Since the early 1900s pitch counts have been displayed in box scores.
As arm injuries have been on the rise so too has the awareness of high pitch counts.
Many have provided guidelines for pitch counts alone at all levels. The issue we see with pitch counts is they only tell a small portion of the big picture.
Every throw has a value.
No matter if its a light throw or a higher intent throw all throws have a value. All throws place a specific amount of stress on the arm.
This study “Unaccounted Workload Factor: Game-Day Pitch Counts in High School Baseball Pitchers” showed that In Game pitches only made up for 57.6% of actual pitches in a game.
The important thing to note is this study did not include long toss or any extra work such as plyocare throws that have become prevalent in baseball today.
Taking this into consideration we can assert that more than half of the actual stress received from throwing on a single day comes from throws that are not in game pitches.
This also does not account for daily stress received in the day to day practice schedule. No matter how intense the throw or the setting of the throw itself we must remember all throws matter.
Lets look at a quick example of how technology can help us with this issue.
Lets say we asked you to walk 2 miles today. During these 2 miles we asked you to keep track of how many steps you took as well as the pace of each step. The question is how would you determine that?
Some would use a smart watch or some sort of wearable technology to track this information.
Throwing must be monitored the same way.
The Motus Sleeve allows for the athlete to seamlessly place the sleeve on and track the stress of all throws as well as the total volume of all throws in a given day.
The simplicity of the sleeve allows the athlete to quote unquote “set it and forget it” all while appropriately collecting valued insights on each and every throw.
In our next video we will cover how the sleeve calculates a single throws value and how we can use these calculations to build a daily schedule.
In part 2 we will provide you with a dynamic throwing program. By taking a non linear approach we will help you mitigate common mistakes that may cause risk of injury.
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