This is what started it all! The current overload/underload phenomenon to increase velocity started with this program originally developed at the NPA (National Pitching Association). As Directors there, we worked on the research and development of this program to create THE SAFEST velocity improvement program in the nation.
It has been known for decades that overload/underload training increases throwing velocity. In fact, Dr. Tom House, the founder of the NPA, did his first weighted ball study with Dr. Coop DeRenne and Diamond Baseball Co. back in 1985 which confirmed the validity of weighted ball training. There was one major problem: over time athletes were getting “sore arms”, or worse, major injuries with the added velocity. Therefore, the program was shelved believing that promoting such a program was disingenuous to an athlete until it could be implemented more safely.
Fast forward 20 years and the NPA finally developed a protocol that mitigated these arm injury issues. We knew that GIRD (glenohumural internal rotation deficit) was a major predictor of potential arm injuries and so we went about trying to fix GIRD using a weighted ball program. After trying numerous iterations, not only did the protocol fix GIRD, it also led to safest arm speed increases we’d ever seen! In 2008 it was submitted to ASMI (American Sports Medicine Institute) for a peer review.
This is what the Velocity Program is about: arm speed achieved as safely as currently possible. Get started today!
• 1 set of weighted balls
• Weighted ball throwing protocol + video instructions
• Written Instruction Manual
BEWARE: There are lots of other very popular weighted ball programs on the market that are creating sore arms and getting guys hurt. They are simply chasing arm speed without fully understanding the cause and effects. Don’t jump on the bandwagon because “everyone else is doing it”. We are constantly having to repair arms that were on these other programs, many after having Tommy John surgery. Don’t waste a season (or worse!) by making the same mistake.