Yes, The Web is Full of Hype On Performance Improvement -- But Who's Do The Hyping?
A few "experts" claim that the performance gains made by ball players training with weighted balls is hype. I guess they're not aware of all the scientific research performed in this area...
for example, three well-known baseball throwing and pitching studies (and there
are several more) performed by former professional ball player Dr.
Coop DeRenne of the University of Hawaii. His studies proved that high
school and college ballplayers using a simple training regime of regulation-size
baseballs and under/over weight baseballs within
15% to 20% of regulation weight could safely and effectively produce
remarkable increases in throwing velocity. You can read more about this
you read the website of one self-anointed, self-serving “rebel” you could be
led to believe that there is no evidence of this sort. Worse, because this
individual lacks appropriate education and training in sports conditioning, he will
tell you (without any supporting data) that “weighted ball” training is, at
best, a waste of time. In a misguided
attempt to bolster his position, he tries to tie Tommy John’s injury to
weighted ball training. The problem with this is that Tommy John never used weighted balls. My
point with this example is that much of this particular "expert's"
information (read: opinion) is grossly misleading and ignores the facts. No certified
trainer would advocate training with an improperly weighted implement.
Especially when the aforementioned studies demonstrate that it is the under
weight ball (4 oz) that increases pitching/throwing velocity the most!
By the way, this same “rebel” periodically uses a Google advertising campaign that tricks people into believing that they are clicking on the ads of reputable sites like baseballfit.com.
what I'm talking about, go to google and
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When you click on
the link, guess where it takes you? HINT: Not to my Baseball Fit page!