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Potentiation Pregame Warmup for Pitchers

By Tim Rodmaker, Professional Baseball Strength and Conditioning, 01/08/19, 12:00PM CST

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Activities that prepare the joint and muscles for the loads that they will sustain during the game such as skips, squats and lunge patterns.

Warming up before physical activity is conventional for many sports and baseball is not an exception to this practice. The starting pitcher is considered by many to be the most important position and player on game day. It is also the impression of many that with good pitching, the likelihood of winning the game is higher. This is why pitchers should be encouraged to prepare their bodies for the competition ahead with a thorough and effective pregame warmup routine.

An effective warmup should increase blood flow, raise core temperature, enhance metabolic reactions and improve range of motion. These will consequently enhance oxygen delivery to the working muscles, speed up motor unit reactions, improve the rate of force development, maximize strength and power and prevent injury.