Pitching Healthy Program

Professional Baseball Instruction‘s PITCHING HEALTHY PROGRAM for high school pitchers and youth pitchers ages 11-14 is back for the 2016-2017 off-season training schedule.

(Click here for information on our Youth Pitching Healthy Program for 11-14 year-olds.)

Want to get your throwing arm healthy? And keep it that way? Want to develop both strength and increased velocity? At the same time?

Pitching Healthy programOur Pitching Healthy Program focuses on arm conditioning and the pre-habilitation aspects of taking care of your arm. Although velocity will increase that is not our main objective. We’re more concerned with the overall health and conditioning of the arm and body. That in itself will SAFELY increase velocity.

Due to the epidemic of serious throwing arm injuries at all age levels throughout the United States, Professional Baseball Instruction (PBI) and the Baseball Health Network (BHN) created the Pitching Healthy Program. This program was developed for the advanced level pitcher who is willing to commit himself both mentally and physically to his overall health and development.

Pitching Healthy was collectively designed by the Professional Staff of the Baseball Health Network. Through our knowledge, experience and research, we developed this program to fully prepare our pitchers for the upcoming spring season. From a progressive throwing regimen, to a strength, conditioning, flexibility and nutrition program to mental training and breathing exercises – we have you completely covered. Pitching Healthy is guaranteed to improve your overall performance on the field, including an increase in strength and throwing velocity.

Baseball Health Network founder Steve Hayward & Dr. Christopher Ahmad

Baseball Health Network founder Steve Hayward & Dr. Christopher Ahmad

The progressive throwing program will ensure each pitcher properly conditions his throwing arm prior to stepping on the mound. We will also utilize our “Pro Mirror” video system to analyze each pitcher individually. Our goal is to allow each pitcher to find his own natural rhythm and arm slot to maximize his efficiency on the mound. Each player will be given an individual physical assessment in order to identify any deficiencies he may have throughout his body. We will then design a personalized plan to address and improve on them.

We introduced this program in 2013; all of the pitchers in the program made incredible improvements in their overall strength, consistency on the mound with all of their pitches and most noticeably, increased their fastball velocity up to 6 MPH!!! Every pitcher also stated that throughout their spring season, their throwing arm felt better than it has ever felt. The Pitching Healthy Program can offer you the same results!!!

You’ll train for 90 minutes each session with three, two or one-month options.

COST
DEC/JAN/FEB
PBI Members – $999.99
Non-members – $1199.99

JAN/FEB
PBI Members – $799.99
Non-members – $949.99

FEB ONLY
PBI Members – $499.99
Non-members – $599.99

Click here for our full-color brochure. See our Price page for complete payment information.

Pitching Healthy Program 2016/2017

For high school pitchers - players will attend two days per week in December and January with a third "live" day in February when pitchers will be assigned to throw during the High School Winter Training Program on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday (TBD).
PROGRAM #DAYDATETIMEREGISTER
PHPTuesdayDecember 6, 13, 20, January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21, 288:30 - 10 PMREGISTER ONLINE
SaturdayDecember 10, 17, January 7, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, 2511 AM - 12:30 PMREGISTER ONLINE

PBI’s PITCHING HEALTHY STAFF

DOUG CINNELLA
doug-metsCurrently scouting for the Cincinnati Reds. Veteran of 9 professional seasons. Participated in Major League spring training with both the N.Y. Mets (1993) and the N.Y. Yankees (1995). Doug has pitched over 1,000 career innings as a professional with an ERA of 3.17. Selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 3rd round of the 1986 Major League draft, he was the 97th player picked in the nation! Voted the NY-Penn League MVP in 1986. Doug established a NY-Penn League record in 1986 by pitching 2 no-hitters, a record which still stands today. After being traded to the Montreal Expos in 1988, Doug made the 1988 Florida State League All-Star team. He was also chosen as the Topps Player of the Month for May 1988. His manager while playing for the Expos was Felipe Alou. Doug credits much of his coaching techniques to Felipe. After becoming a free agent in 1990, Doug signed with the N.Y. Mets. He played as a player/coach in Double-A with the Mets until he was promoted to AAA Tidewater. Played in Tidewater for 2 seasons. Played college ball at Seton Hall, was selected as New Jersey’s college MVP for 1984. Holds SHU pitching record for most strikeouts in a game (17 in 7 innings). Doug played high school baseball for Paramus where he was an All-League, All-County and All-State player. Doug also serves as fellow-PBI coach Jeff Remo’s pitching coach at Mahwah High School.

STEVE HAYWARD
staff-steveSteve attended St Joseph’s Regional High School in Montvale where he played football and baseball. In his junior year he was voted most valuable player of the football state championship and the Bergen County Baseball Tournament. After high school, he accepted a full baseball scholarship to Seton Hall University. In 1992 Steve pitched for the Cape Cod League Champion Chatham A’s. In 1993, Steve was selected as a 1st Team All-Big East pitcher, 1st Team All-State Pitcher and was drafted by the Boston Red Sox. After pitching professionally for 5 seasons, he joined Professional Baseball Instruction and has been training youth, college and professional pitchers for over 15 years. Steve was the pitching coach at St Joe’s High School for 13 years and was the head coach at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey for 2 seasons. He is an expert on biomechanics and throwing arm injuries. Steve, along with current New York Yankees team physician Christopher Ahmad has lectured and educated doctors, physical therapists, athletic trainers and coaches of those very topics. Steve has been rehabilitating players from various throwing arm injuries and surgeries for the past 10 years. He is also an associate for the Mid-Atlantic Regional scout for the Tampa Bay Rays.

DR. CHRISTOPHER AHMAD
ahmad1Christopher S. Ahmad, MD, specializes in shoulder instability and labral tears, rotator cuff pathology, ACL injuries, Tommy John surgery, and advanced arthroscopic surgical techniques for sports-related injuries of the knee, shoulder and elbow. He is the Head Team Physician for the New York Yankees and a member of the Major League Baseball Team Physicians Association. He is also Head Team Physician for the 17 varsity teams fielded by the City College of New York as well as for several high schools in Manhattan and New Jersey. In addition, Dr. Ahmad serves as a consultant to local metropolitan gymnastics and swim teams.A recipient of several awards for outstanding research in the field of Sports Medicine, Dr. Ahmad conducts ongoing research in the areas of biomechanics of the elbow, ACL injury prevention and screening, and surgical techniques for rotator cuff repair.

ERIC D’AGATI
Eric D'Agati headshotEric D’Agati heads the strength & conditioning portion of the Pitching Healthy Program. He has spent the last 18 years in the fitness industry as a coach, trainer and instructor, pioneering his unique approach to client assessment, performance enhancement, and injury prevention. Eric studied Exercise Physiology at William Paterson University. His certifications include CHEK Practitioner, Poliquin Performance Coach, National Strength & Conditioning Association, National Academy of Sports Medicine, Functional Movement Screen, and SPARQ Trainer. Eric travels around the world speaking to trainers, coaches and therapists from such prestigious organizations as the US Armed Forces, NJAHPERD, NJSIAA, Nike Camps, Frank Glazier Clinics and the Mayo Clinic. His client list includes individuals who have been named Gatorade & NJ Players of the Year, All-Americans, National Champions and Pro-Bowl athletes. He also works with many high-level County, State, National and World Champion sports teams, including serving as a consultant to the New York Giants since 2007.

ARTIE LEWICKI
Lewicki MilBArtie Lewicki joined the PBI coaching staff following his first season of professional baseball where he pitched for the West Michigan Whitecaps in the Detroit Tigers organization. A native of Wyckoff NJ, Artie had a stellar high school career at St. Joseph’s in Montvale where he was a four-year varsity player. In his senior year, Artie posted a 6-3 record with a 2.00 ERA. He was named first team all-league honors in 2007 and selected second team all-county in 2009. Artie attended the University of Virginia and pitched all four seasons. Collegiate highlights include an outstanding performance in the 2014 College World Series in which he earned wins in each of UVa’s first two CWS victories, working two innings in wins over Ole Miss (6/17) and TCU (6/19). He did not allow an earned run in 23 1/3 innings of the NCAA tournament, including 13 innings of the College World Series. Artie was drafted in the 8th round of the 2014 MLB draft by the Detroit Tigers.