We received a question today that has been asked several times so I think it’s appropriate to send out to everyone.
What is the proper amount of throws a pitcher should make before taking the mound?
A proper warm up includes much more than just throwing. Warm up to throw, don’t throw to warm up. Your warm ups should include a jog around the field, high knees forward and backward, form running, karaoke left and right, walking lunges forward and backwards, Inch worms – hip flexor stretches, leg and arm stretches which include a ton of ballistic stretching, walking toe touches and some core training. You should work up a bit of a sweat before you pick up the ball and start throwing.
The longer you spend warming up your entire body, the less throws it will take to completely warm up.
The number of “warm-up” throws is unique to each pitcher. I threw about 30 pitches in the bullpen to feel completely warmed up most days. I say most days because sometimes it literally took 50 or more; it really depends on the day and how you feel. As I said previously, there is no set number of pitches that is going to help every pitcher. We are all unique and some days (for a variety of reasons) it’s going to take us longer to feel loose.
I always go by this rule of thumb: You know you are warmed up when it feels like you have already pitched one inning of a game. If you go with that philosophy then you will feel good and loose; ready to pitch.
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