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Frequently Asked Questions
  1. 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.


  2. 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.


  3. 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.


  4. Is the Finch Windmill recommended for pitchers only?

    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 underhand motion.


  5. 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.


  6. 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.


  7. 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.


  8. After a game, practice, or workout, regardless of age, should a pitcher ice down his/her arm?

    Preliminary 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.


  9. 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 every day.


  10. Can the Finch Windmill be used daily?

    Based on performance and muscle activity data collected on the Finch Windmill, when used as an endurance training tool, it can be used daily.


  11. 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?

    Twenty repetitions of the underhand motion per day should not alter pitching mechanics.


  12. 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.


  13. 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.


  14. Could the Finch Windmill be helpful in injury prevention?

    No training device or regimen is a guarantee against injury. However, research indicates that increased flexibility, muscular strength, and muscular endurance are good preventive practices.


  15. 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.


  16. 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.


  17. 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.



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