Percussive Therapy Tips for Baseball and Softball
Throwers>>JOE CANNON: Hi, I’m Joe Cannon from Hyperice
here with a DICK’S Sporting Goods Pro Tip on how to warm up for baseball throwing motions
utilizing a percussion massage device. What you’re going to start with is probably
your hand and really feel the benefit of the vibration in your hand, really warm up that
area. It might be a little bit louder because you
have a little bit less muscle density there, but this will be great to really put blood
into those areas when you’re really going to be throwing the ball.>>JOE CANNON: Then, I like to move very slowly
up into my forearm. I, usually on a warmup, I’m going to be
on speed two or three and usually pressure sensor one or two. Not, usually three, because I’m not really
trying to create a lot of those releases. I’m just really trying to experience the
benefits of the vibration and circulation into those areas for warmup. I’m going to move about one inch per second
up and down the body of the muscle in my forearm, and then, if I find any spots that are, like,
tighter or feel a little more sensitive, I’m going to spend some time there. I’m not really going to necessarily put
more pressure, though you can if that feels nice. Or, you can just change the axis at which
you’re going. So, if I’m going vertical here, I can go
horizontal here to allow the benefits of the vibration without a lot of pressure into maybe
that sore, sensitive area. Really want to let that vibration relax that
area, relax that tight area.>>JOE CANNON: Next, I’d move into my bicep. So, again, we’re going to start just one
inch per second, nice and slow. If I find any spots that are tense, clearly,
I haven’t pitched in a while so you’re not seeing a lot of bounce here, so I’m
just going to feel that benefit of the vibration. If you’d like, you can hit the tricep as
well.>>JOE CANNON: Next, I’ll move into my chest. Obviously, the throwing motion, you have a
lot in your shoulder complex here. We want to open up the chest as much as possible
to give us a little more space in the rotator cuff. I’m going to start just below my collar
bone of my pec and move just on the way out almost to where my armpit is. When I’m in this area, this general area
right here, right below kind of the shoulder cap, I’m going to lift my arm up a little
bit. If you have a backstop or an area to stretch
your arm back, this is a great way to open up that area. Again, we’re going to spend thirty seconds
to a minute on each area and spend a little bit more time if it feels sore there.>>JOE CANNON: Next area we’re going to focus
on, right at the shoulder capsule, right in the rotator cuff area. This is just going to feel nice but just spend
some time here, thirty seconds and just find that spot that might be a little bit tighter. Lastly, one of the best areas to really warm
up, to really increase that range of motion is going to be your lat area. So, you’re going to hit right below where
your shoulder capsule is, just down your side. Not a lot of pressure here, because we’re
going to be going over your ribs. And again, one inch per second. I’m pretty tight in what’s called my sub-scap
area, which is kind of a key indicator for shoulder tightness and that’s going to be
right behind your armpit, right under here just behind the ribcage and it may feel maybe
a little bit intense if you throw quite a bit but this is a pretty nice spot to really
increase that shoulder range of motion.>>JOE CANNON: If you have a little bit more
time, again, we’re only really spending thirty seconds or a minute here, so another
area I would focus on is just in your trap. This feels really nice, you can even use the
same hand. You can tilt your head each way and we’re
going to go right up to the base of the skull or wherever it feels comfortable for you and
work right down that trap area and then you can ride right into the back of that scap,
right here. And so, this is where I like to finish up,
really working my neck to increase that range of motion there. It allows me to see the field better, and
then, I’m going to go into that scap area on my back.>>JOE CANNON: Using the attachments are a
personal preference, you can’t really go wrong. You want to find the ones that work best for
you based on certain body parts. So, if you’re just getting used to percussion
as a tool to help you warm up or recover, maybe the cushion head or the ball head is
a lot easier for you. But we do have plenty of heads for you to
choose from. It just is going to depend on what you’re
looking to for warmup.>>JOE CANNON: And that’s your DICK’S Sporting
Goods Pro Tip for throwers utilizing a percussion massage device.