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Should Pitchers Overhead Press?

Written on February 22, 2010 at 7:43 pm, by Eric Cressey

The following video excerpt is from my November seminar with Mike Reinold.  It is available in its entirety on our DVD series, Optimal Shoulder Performance: From Rehabilitation to High Performance. I just thought you might like a teaser!

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9 Responses to “Should Pitchers Overhead Press?”

  1. Rick Kaselj Says:



    Looking forward to the new product.

    Also looking forward to seeing you present in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

    Rick Kaselj


  2. Allen Says:

    Eric, I love the idea of natural selection within sports. Ever considered a series on choosing sports and positions based on mobility? Seems like a everyone could save a lot of time and perhaps improve their chances of making it somewhere, if they knew at an early age what they’re best suited for.

  3. Mark Beier Says:

    As always Eric, great stuff. Looking forward to the DVD series. Thanks

  4. Ed Says:

    Looking forward to the finished product!I, too, would also like to see a series on “natural selection” for sports, as suggested previously. How many times do you see someone trying to fit a square peg into a round hole with disasterous results? Thanks again!

  5. will Says:

    Mr. Cressey,
    I have a winged scapula. It hurts all of the time. I read your article on tmuslce that you used to have shoulder issues. Did you ever have a winged scapula? From the research I have done, it seems like stretching the pec minor is my best bet. You are an inspiration. You make me want to become a fitness expert like yourself.

  6. Phil Says:

    Great topic Eric. As a former pro pitcher and someone who now works with pitchers on regular basis, I’m always on the lookout for the latest pitching information. Yours is one of the best sources out there when it comes to conditioning the pitcher for peak performance. One of the trends I’ve been noticing is the idea of using Olympic Lifts to build the explosive strength needed to generate the speed and power needed to achieve maximum velocity. My first thought when hearing about this idea was that it sounded dangerous and would put the pitcher at greater risk of injury. However, if there really is a connection between Olympic Lifting and the explosive fast-twitch leg strength found in high velocity pitchers, I think it’s worth looking into. I’d be very interested in hearing you elaborate on the topic, pros/cons of Olympic Lifts for pitchers, and what lifts you might recommend as substitutes. Thanks and keep up the good work!

  7. Kari Says:

    Hi Eric, you have always great pieces of information that can stand in good stead. Only one problem, it needs to be deciphered – where is my code book – what the hell is a sulcus sign ?? Could you possibly play down a bit on the jargon that you use ? Sorry to be so outspoken, however, I appreciate a lot your endevour to educate us 😉

  8. Eric Cressey Says:

    Hi Kari,

    It’s just a gross measure of shoulder instability (ligamentous laxity).

  9. Eric Cressey Says:


    Thanks for your post and kind words. I’m not a fan of the Olympic lifts for baseball players for the reasons outlined in this video, but also because they only train power in the sagittal plane. The power we want to develop for baseball is all about the transverse and frontal planes. I’ve been saying this for years, and the research just backed it up:


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