There are many factors that contribute to increasing throwing velocity. Below are three reasons why Crossover Symmetry will increasing throwing velocity:

IMPROVING KINETIC ENERGY TRANSFER FROM THE BODY TO THE ARM

Kinetic chain is a term used by sports medicine performance professionals to describe how your entire body is interconnected. It is a series of links that act in a coordinated, sequential fashion to generate and amplify force. This chain, in the throwing athlete includes but is not limited to the legs, hips, core, scapula, shoulder, arm and hand. Throughout the kinetic chain, weak links will inhibit energy transfer from one body part to another. The scapula ideally provides a stable platform for energy to be transferred from the core to the arm. The weak link in the kinetic chain for throwing athletes most often is the lack of a stable scapula through which energy is being lost, negatively affecting velocity. Similarly good pitching mechanics will have a sequence of body movement patterns with exact timing. If the sequence of movements or timing is broke or lacking efficiency and/or coordination the velocity will suffer. To maximize velocity as well as prevent injury, it is just as important to optimize energy transfer from the body with an efficient, coordinated scapular stability and movement pattern as it is to have excellent pitching mechanics. The IRON SCAP program strengthens the scapular stabilizers, fortifying a solid platform for maximal energy transfer from the body into the arm (See image above).

STRENGTHENING THE STABILIZING MUSCLES INCREASE THE POWER OUTPUT FROM THE PRIME MOVERS

Here is a simplistic way to think about the muscles of the shoulder joint. They can be broken down into two categories, “Prime Movers” and “Stabilizers”. Prime Movers are the muscles that perform the actual sport specific movements of the arm (ie; throwing a ball, swinging a bat) and only provide minimal stability as a secondary function. Conversely, the function of the Stabilizers, which include the rotator cuff and scapula muscles, are designed for scapula positioning and centering the ball in the shoulder socket.

The Stabilizer muscles underperforming and thus obtaining stability requires more attention of the Prime Movers is all too common in throwing athletes and often results in decreased performance due to wasted energy, decreased accuracy and often times predisposes the athlete to injuries of the shoulder complex due to poor biomechanics.

Crossover Symmetry was developed to address the Stabilizers of the shoulder complex. These programs make sure that the Stabilizer muscles are functioning at an optimal level in order to allow your Prime Movers to master the skill movements of your sport.

BUILD YOUR BREAKS TO INCREASE VELOCITY

You can’t speed up what you can’t slow down. Strengthening the decelerating muscles will actually improve your ability to accelerate a baseball. That may sound crazy, but your body doesn’t want to hurt itself and will only allow you to accelerate your arm to the point where it can slow it down. Have you ever heard of a pitcher who dislocated their shoulder when throwing a pitch? The body protects against it. The primary brakes for your arm are the external rotators (posterior rotator cuff muscles) and the scapular stabilizing muscles. Crossover Symmetry and IRON SCAP™ target these essential decelerating muscles and allow players to achieve their velocity potential.

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