If my child starts pitching at age 7,
would the Finch Windmill be a recommended exercise machine that, used
correctly, could help keep his/her muscular system in balance?
Since the Finch
Windmill allows the same exercises to be performed with both sides of the
body, it will promote muscular balance.
Speed was increased an average of 3 1/4
miles per hour in the training study performed on the Finch Windmill, yet
no strength gains were found. How do you explain this?
An exercise bout
on the Finch Windmill of 20 repetitions each of the 6 exercises will
promote muscular endurance and not muscular strength. Increasing the
resistance so that 10 or less repetitions of each exercise can be
completed will build strength.
I am 28 years old and I have been a
shortstop since I was 8. Isn't it too late to attempt to balance out the
muscles of my upper body?
It's never too
late to do this. Exercising will result in quicker gains for the weaker
side as compared to the stronger side since the weak muscles start out at
a lower level.
Is the Finch Windmill recommended for
Since the machine
allows overhand and clockwise and counterclockwise motions, it is not
designed just for pitchers. The overhand motion is as helpful as the
Should the Finch Windmill be used for a
warm-up exercise or a final exercise after a workout?
This depends on
the specific situation. The duration and intensity of a Finch Windmill
workout should be taken into consideration and planned into an exercise
session or practice accordingly.
During the off season, would the Finch
Windmill help keep me in shape for throwing?
Due to its
simplicity and its ability to be used indoors and outdoors, the Finch
Windmill could be an integral part of an off-season program.
I lift weights and throw every day. Do
I have a need for a Finch Windmill?
The Finch Windmill
is a supplement to the weight room and practice field. The machine is more
sport-specific than lifting weights and it causes less stress to the
shoulder and elbow joints than actual pitching.
After a game, practice, or workout,
regardless of age, should a pitcher ice down his/her arm?
studies show that windmill pitchers place great stress on their shoulders
and elbows. Ice, used properly after a game, practice, or workout, can
reduce the irritation, inflammation, and microtrauma that occurs to the
throwing arm. No studies have been published to indicate that ice, used
properly, can harm an athlete, so it is probably a good idea.
Should a pitcher throw a pitching
workout every day?
This depends on
the definition of 'workout'. Based on data available regarding the loads
placed on the throwing arm in pitching, it is not recommended for a
pitcher to engage in a high intensity (many repetitions) pitching workout
Can the Finch Windmill be used daily?
performance and muscle activity data collected on the Finch Windmill, when
used as an endurance training tool, it can be used daily.
When I pitch, I do not rotate my wrist
at the top of the motion. If I use the Finch Windmill (20 repetitions each
of the 6 exercises) each day, will I alter my mechanics?
of the underhand motion per day should not alter pitching mechanics.
Would the Finch Windmill be helpful for
baseball players as well as softball players?
Baseball players should
benefit from the machine equally as much as softball players. The muscles
used in all 6 exercises are important to both types of athletes.
Could the Finch Windmill help reduce
spine curvature caused by muscle asymmetry (one side dominant)?
Yes, and any attempt at
balancing muscular strength side to side is a good idea.
Could the Finch Windmill be helpful in
No training device
or regimen is a guarantee against injury. However, research indicates that
increased flexibility, muscular strength, and muscular endurance are good
Does the Finch Windmill allow the
simulation of many throws without the trauma of ball release?
Although it is not
direct replication of a windmill pitch, with proper supervision, the Finch
Windmill underhand exercise is a close simulation. Because ball release
does not occur with the machine, it does allow many throws without high
loads occurring at the shoulder and elbow joints.
How is the Finch Windmill good for the
shoulder and elbow?
The machine uses
muscles surrounding the shoulder and elbow joints and therefore helps to
strengthen them. The Finch Windmill also allows many repetitions without
the stress of ball release, which saves wear and tear on these joints.
I have never had a problem with my arm
or shoulder, so I don't think I have a need for the Finch Windmill.
This machine is a
training tool. There are many benefits of training, not just injury
prevention. See above questions.