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PW DirtBags is a baseball Partnership created by Kirk McNabb, the Founder of DirtBag Baseball Nation and Cliff Terracuso, the President of Prospect Wire. PWDirtbags' mission is too educate all amateur players, parents and coaches on a variety of baseball/softball related topics in order to help you navigate your journeys in a stress free and empowering way. We also provide scouting tips, college recruiting tips and more through our blog, PWDirtbags TV and Baseball Evolution Podcast. You can also subscribe to us at www.dirtbagbaseballnation.com to stay up to date with all of our podcasts, videos and blog! Bonus, you can get your PWDirtbags or Dirtbag Nation apparel right here as well! Feel free to follow us @PWDirtbags on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as well. #GETUP #GETAFTERIT #GETDIRTY

Friday, October 23, 2020

PWDirtbags TV - UCL Series on Perceptions vs. Reality with FlexPro Grip

We are happy to be bringing you a series on the Perceptions vs. Reality of the UCL (Tommy John) issues that are prevalent in the game of baseball today.  We have joined up with Daryl and Adam Moreau from FlexPro Grip in this 12 episode series.  Each episode will last around 15 minutes, so that we don't overwhelm you with too much information all at once.  Below is a breakdown of the episodes and you can always book a free consultation with us anytime during this series!


Episode 1 - Who is Flex Pro Grip? What is the Flex Pro Grip? Direct and blunt answers! 

Episode 2 - Current state of UCL tears in the MLB and the rise of tear numbers throughout all of baseball!

A) Number and percentage of MLB pitchers with tears
B) Recovery success percentages 
C) Likelihood of needing a revision (repeat surgery) 
D) What does the high school landscape look like

Episode 3 - Reconstruction vs. Repair

A) Age ranges 
B) Success Rate
C) Where the tears occur/what makes a player a candidate for a repair vs. Reconstruction 
D) Where grafts are taken from for reconstruction

Episode 4 - Rehabbing after UCL reconstruction 

A) Current protocols
B) Time table for a return 
C) Benchmarks 
D) Different approaches to rehab: 1. Total body strength 2. Isolation of limb

Episode 5 - What is considered a successful UCL surgery?

A) Public perception of UCL tears/UCLtears.com
B) Surgery Rating Scales. Do rating scales measure what matters most to pitchers
C) What does “Return to Sport” really mean?
D) Suggested improvements to rating scales
E) Impact of UCL tear on velocity

Episode 6 - Alternative treatment methods

A) Who is a candidate 
B) Rehab success rates
C) PRP success rates
D) Stem Cell 
E) Other options

Episode 7 - What are we really talking about when it comes to the UCL? 

A) Chronic vs. Acute Injury - because of the lack of knowledge and understanding about the UCL overall in baseball and the physio/rehab industry this is vital to get across to the audience.
B) Anatomy of the UCL - 3 ligaments/not 1
C) Which ligament tears
D) What is torque and understanding how much is placed on the elbow when throwing

Episode 8 - Based on your research and studies, Why does the UCL tear? 

A) Cadaveric Studies
B) Valgus loading 
C) UCL Strength 
D) Acute to chronic workload ratios
E) Possible risk factors - 1. Arm Slot 2. Mechanics 3. Weighted balls, long toss, breaking balls, velocity, pitch counts, inning limits

Episode 9 - Prediction of tears?

A) Predicting when tears occur
B) Asymptomatic MRI studies
C) Commonalties amongst tears
D) Does where you grow up matter
E) Can a formula for a future tear candidate be created

Episode 10 - Can Mechanics, Strength and Mobility Prevent UCL Tears?

A) Balance
B) Glenohumeral internal rotation deficit
C) Tight Hips 
D) External rotation of the throwing shoulder
E) Trunk rotation/hip shoulder separation

Episode 11 - What can be done to reduce the risk of tearing your UCL?

A) Mechanics
B) Strength
C) Mobility
D) Fatigue

Episode 12 - Bonus Episode! 

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Freedom to Succeed!

Do you let your child or players have the "Freedom to Succeed"?

This is the biggest issue we come across with all of the players we train!  They have never truly been allowed to learn or feel what it's like to have the "Freedom to Succeed".   This is because most parents and youth coaches don't understand what it means, so they can't even begin to develop this into their child or players.

The Freedom to Succeed means that no matter what your results are, we are going to allow you to experience them mentally, physically and emotionally without any immediate visual or verbal reaction from us.  It's vital to the player that they are learning to go through this process for themselves without always worrying about what the reactions are going to be from their parents, teammates, coaches or us after every swing, pitch or play.  If they aren't allowed the Freedom to Succeed, you will see them become frozen or paralyzed at the plate, on the mound, in the field or on the base paths as well as they will also be the player who doesn't respond or doesn't want to respond to questions for fear of being ridiculed.  This is not how anyone should be living, or how they should be playing baseball or softball!  

Parents, your child Trusts you more than anyone in the world, so you need to make sure that you are allowing them the Freedom to Succeed.  This doesn't mean you allow them to not be in control of their controllables, like Attitude, Commitment and Effort and hopefully with the right parenting, coaching or training the understanding and ability to also be in control of their thoughts.  They need to always be accountable for these areas of their life, just like we all do.  I'm talking about allowing them to be in control of their own thoughts while at bat, on the mound, in the field, on the bases, on the bench, in your car on the way to or from the game, practice or at home if you're working on baseball or softball without you constantly talking or critiquing them before or after.  Learn to ask them, "What did you like about your game or practice and then what would you like to improve on?" Then if they had a great attitude throughout, gave a great effort throughout and were committed to their team, tell them you're proud of them.

Coaches, you have one of the most responsible and powerful jobs in the world because you are not only developing young players physically.  Most importantly, you're developing and nurturing young minds whether you realize it or not.  Everything you do and say has a direct impact on your players mentally and emotionally.  Build your culture that is inclusive with not only your players but your parents as well because you are all in the journey together.  Teach them to ask questions when they don't understand what it is you're trying to teach them physically.  If you don't have an answer, be honest with them and say, "Great question, let me get back to you with an answer at the next practice or game."  You need to educate them that we will all learn from winning and losing and why we are winning or why we are losing without getting too emotionally caught up in either situation.  Your players are always looking at you for this guidance and this just a part of the process that what will allow you and them to achieve the ability of having the "Freedom to Succeed", no matter what's happening around them or being shouted at them.

Take small steps but be consistent (that's the challenge) because if you can master this, your child or your players will Trust you and Thank you until the end of time!

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