April is for arm care!! Our second article in our arm care series is about J-Bands. Instead of throwing to warm up, let’s warm up to throw! The J-Band program is quick and easy to follow and should be done before any type of throwing/pitching workout.
As a softball pitcher, the health, strength and longevity of your arm is your life line…don’t take it for granted! I noticed students returning from physical therapy sessions were doing the same sort of exercises. Why don’t we prevent injuries before they happen?? J-Bands help you be proactive by warming up to throw instead of throwing to warm up like we’ve all done for years.
This rotator cuff exercise program is the key to preventing arm injuries while promoting arm health, strength, endurance and recovery period. Just as sprinters would never consider running a race without thoroughly stretching out their hamstrings, softball players should never consider picking up a softball without doing their surgical tubing bands. The J-Bands allow you to perform basic exercises to strengthen and protect the rotator cuff muscle group. You’ll see a brief demo of the arm circles and J-Band exercises in the video clip below. You can print out the exercise sheet further down our article.
J-Bands Jr. has a lighter tension and is designed for ages 13 and younger. The muscles of the rotator cuff are small and do not require a lot of tension. Too much tension causes the pitcher to use the wrong muscles to perform the exercises.
TOP COLLEGE COACHES ARE SAYING ABOUT J-BANDS:
“The Jaeger Throwing Program will provide the proper bio-mechanical foundation needed to develop and sustain your throwing motion. A healthy arm, that maintains stamina, is one of the most valued traits when college coaches are evaluating prospects. Invest in your arm, you’ve earned it” Sue Enquist Former UCLA Coach (27 years)
“We have been using the Jaeger Sports program religiously and see good results! No gimmicks….just healthy arms that are getting stronger!” Mike Candrea Head Coach Arizona and USA Olympic Team ’04 and ’08
THE J-BAND PROGRAM:
We are offering a special combo package of J-Bands and the instructional dvd: Thrive on Throwing 2. Thrive On Throwing 2 will take you through Jaeger’s systematic Arm Care and Long Toss Throwing Program that has been at the core of their training program for over 25 years. Based on three major principles — Arm Care, Long Toss and Throwing Mechanics — Thrive On Throwing 2 is a proven system that has helped players maximize the Health, Strength, Endurance and Recovery Period of their arms.
Featuring a detailed explanation and demonstration of Jaeger’s Arm Care Program (Arm Circles and J-Bands) and Long Toss Throwing Program, the DVD teaches you how to thoroughly warm up your arm and safely prepare it to throw, and culminates with Jaeger’s signature Long Toss Throwing Program — a throwing routine that is at the core of developing Arm Conditioning, Arm Strength, Athleticism, Feel, Mechanical Connection and Mental Focus.
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