Arm Action, Arm Path, and the Perfect Pitch : Building a Million-Dollar Arm

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-05-24
  • Publisher: Coaches Choice
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Legendary pitching expert Tom House and Doug Thorburn present this amazing book which clarifies conventional wisdom about pitching as it quantifies three-dimensional motion-analysis research on the mechanics of a pitcher's delivery. House and Thorburn wrote this book with the hope that it will become the science-based guide to pitching health and performance for baseball coaches, parents, and athletes at all competitive levels. Chapters cover the setup, lift-off, stride and momentum, release-point efficiency, and looking ahead. Includes a fantastic 42-minute DVD covering fitness on the field, lower-body exercises, upper-body exercises, and abdominal exercises.

Author Biography

Thomas R. House, Ph.D., is recognized as one of the world's foremost authorities on pitching. He pitched on the professional level from 1967 to 1979 for the Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, and Seattle Mariners. After his playing career ended, he coached for the Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, and Chiba Lotte Marines (Tokyo). In 1998, the American Baseball Coaches Association presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to baseball. Tom is also widely renowned as a scientist and researcher. His company, Bio-Kinetics, leads the way in computerized, three-dimensional motion analysis, helping athletes learn how to maximize performance through proper biomechanics. Another of his companies, Functional Fitness Paradigms, Inc., trains elite and everyday athletes to optimize their physical strengths and flexibility. Tom has authored or co-authored more than a dozen instructional books and has been featured on more than two dozen instructional DVDs. Doug Thorburn arrived at the National Pitching Association in 2005 as an intern from the inaugural class of the Sports M.B.A. program at San Diego State University. Since then, he has taken the lead role with high-speed motion analysis and the NPA model for pitching biomechanics. Prior to joining the NPA and earning his M.B.A., Doug worked with the front office of the Sacramento River Cats, and earned a B.S. in cognitive neuropsychology from the University of California San Diego.

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