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Striking out Injuries: The 2014 PBI Pitcher’s Symposium

Injuries have forever been a part of Baseball. Like it or not, players (primarily pitchers) are susceptible to injuries if they do not learn how to take care of themselves.

This is where Professional Baseball Instruction steps up to the plate.

Steve Hayward talking pitching (Courtesy of PBI)

On Wednesday, Profession Baseball Instruction, or PBI as they are known to by fans, held their annual symposium on the state of pitching in baseball. The symposium, which took place at the DoubleTree Hilton in Mahwah, invited high school and college pitching coaches, as well as players, to learn about the art of pitching from professionals.

PBI had four speakers come and talk to the crowd of more than eighty spectators about the state of pitching and how to best keep pitchers from suffering career-ending injuries.

Doug Cinnella, founder and CEO of PBI, started the evening by discussing his love of baseball and how he believes injuries can be limited in the game of baseball.  Cinnella also introduced his invention, the Rotator Genius, designed to help kids learn how to properly throw a curveball.

The speakers at the event included Steve Hayward, founder of the Baseball Health Network, Physical Therapist Mark Amundson, former MLB all-star Gary Lavelle, and former Braves and Orioles pitching coach Leo Mazzone. All spoke about the state of pitching in baseball, as well as their careers and hopes for the future.

“Players and Coaches need to communicate,” said Hayward. “Coaches need to know what their players can and cannot handle. Players need to tell their coaches when they’re hurt and not be afraid of discussing their injuries.”

Leo Mazzone offered his own advice to the crowd when it comes to pitching.

Leo Mazzone back on the mound! (Courtesy of PBI)

“Pitchers need to go to the ballpark and throw,” said Mazzone. “Pitchers need to learn how to throw correctly because there are too many injuries today. One thing I am most proud of as a pitching coach is that during my tenure, we did not have many injuries on our staff. Keeping pitchers healthy is a big priority.”

All spectators were gifted with a bag of baseball goodies upon entering the symposium. The bag included a PBI mug, a 2011 World Series Program as well as other paraphernalia. However the lessons learned about pitching far outweighed the gifts in the bag.

“Coaches and Pitchers need to know the correct information going forward,” said Hayward. “This is the future of the game we’re talking about. These kids need to know the correct approach to pitching a baseball.”

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