The follow through is a very important part of the throwing motion that all athletes and coaches need to grasp for both injury prevention and increased performance. From an injury standpoint, if the muscles that we use to throw the ball at high velocities don’t eccentrically contract (slow the arm and body down) properly, then this could mean issues in the low back, hips, shoulders, or elbows. From a performance standpoint, if there are impairments in mobility and stability within the body, it will make it very difficult for the body to be in the proper positions to decelerate after the release point of the ball. Today, we want to outline three areas that need to be commonly improved during the follow through of the throwing motion and also give exercises to fix those flaws.
Over the course of time span of about ten years, us Kiel brothers were able to experience the college football recruiting process. This was a journey filled with many highs and lows in trying to learn what this process was all about. Ten years is a long time, so we were able to meet many people and gather a lot of information that was beneficial to make this process easier. I was a 2 star recruit and was fortunate enough to play at Illinois State. Fast forward five years to Gunner who was the number 1 quarterback in his class with the ability to go anywhere in the country. I would say that Gunner was a better player than I was, but the difference between our talent levels was not 3 stars in my mind. What was different was the process that was taken by Gunner vs the process that was taken by myself. Over the years, we started to understand the dynamic much better which allowed Gunner to have more opportunity. How much opportunity do you want to have? Well, we want to give you three extremely valuable resources to help you through this process starting now!
The quarterback throwing motion is a very complex motion where athletes can tend to have a lot of issues if they aren’t taught the right things. As quarterbacks are developing their skills as throwers, it’s important to identify common problem areas where issues can arise. One of these areas is the knee on the plant leg of the quarterback. Pain in the knee can persist for long periods of time for quarterbacks if some of these dysfunctions aren’t cleaned up. Guess what though? There’s a pretty good chance that the knee isn’t even the primary issue that is causing the problem for the quarterbacks. Better read the rest of this blog post to see what we mean!
Have you ever watched the detailed movement of a quarterback during a football game? He moves laterally when taking drops, sagittally when sprinting away from defenders, and does a mix of all 3 planes of motion when throwing the football. What allows quarterbacks efficient though? What are some of the weaknesses that quarterbacks have that they can fix pretty easily in order to have more success? We ALWAYS tell folks to start in the trunk/hip area and then work their way out. Check out today’s blog post to see why!
It’s truly amazing how fast a year goes by. Dusty and I started The QB Docs Podcast one year ago and we are now 104 episodes in. We have had 27,000 downloads across a span of 50 countries. It’s been amazing to see the response. We truly thank any of you that are reading this that listen to the podcast as well. We have been able to talk to many great guests that surround the football arena from physical therapists to college coaches. We even got to talk to some yoga experts and strength and conditioning experts. With that said, we want to recap the top 5 downloaded podcast episodes from this past year.