The KC Gripz vision is to help protect athletes from serious arm injuries through a proper system of pre-performance warm-ups, workouts and post-performance cool-downs; and eliminate arm injuries from the sports world. In the next five years, KC Gripz will teach this system to youth athletes who will carry these techniques through to adulthood as “best practices” to reduce the serious potential risk of career ending injuries like Tommy Johns, while improving their performance. In addition, we will educate collegiate through professional athletes, who already push their bodies to the limit, on how preventative care is essential to the longevity of their career.
In a world of bar shaped handles, KC GRIPZ is a unique, circular grip attachment designed to make the pulling motion more difficult to increase your overall grip strength. KC GRIPZ can be used safely at home, added to most gym equipment, or on the field in 100s of different applications to build the muscles in your fingers, wrists, forearms and shoulders. They are great for sports-specific training, grip-strength training, as well as warming-up the hands, elbows and shoulders. They are also an essential tool for rehabilitation.
Overthrowing without an exercise routine that can mimic the throwing motion in reverse to balance the posterior chain of the body can result in inflammation, and injury to the shoulder. The rotator cuff is frequently irritated in throwing athletes, resulting in tendinitis. Early symptoms include pain that radiates from the front of the shoulder to the side of the arm. Pain may be present during throwing, other activities, and at rest. To counteract such injuries, athletes must perform a pre and post activity exercise routine that will balance their kinetic chain. In doing so the big muscles of the posterior chain will assist the small muscles so they do the brunt of the work during the deceleration of the throwing motion. Simply put, build your decelerating muscles "your Breaks" and you will be less likely to incur arm or shoulder injuries. KC GRIPZ has developed a complete system to balance the body and kinetic chain so you can efficiently deccelerate the violent motion of throwing, greatly reducing the chance of injury.
When athletes throw repeatedly at high speed, significant stresses are placed on the anatomical structures that keep the humeral head centered in the glenoid socket.
Of the four phases that make up the pitching motion, the late cocking and follow-through phases place the greatest forces on the shoulder.
The rotator cuff and labrum are the shoulder structures most vulnerable to throwing injuries.
Looking at these findings KC GRIPZ has developed a strength training system to greatly reduce the chance of injury in throwing athlete. The entire system has been developed around deficiencies and muscle imbalances in throwing athletes. Building the posterior muscles of the body can help alleviate stress on the shoulder and elbow during the follow-through phase of throwing. Having more stability and mobility in the core allows the shoulder to work more efficiently and have less stress. Having good posture "being able to properly retract the scapula" puts less stress on the elbow. The more the big muscles in the posterior chain are engaged the less the small muscles have to work! SO, train your posterior chain and let the big muscles decelerate your throwing motion!
Having Tommy John surgery before, during or after an ulnar collateral ligament tear will not turn you into the next Clayton Kershaw. You will not wake up from the procedure with an insane fastball and become the next MLB MVP. There are always risks with surgery, and the success rate is not 100%. Implanting a foreign fiber that is stronger than a human ligament will not help. The demands of throwing are so intense that the artificial ligament might not tear, however the bones could shear off and detach the ligament anyway. So, let's stop entertaining Tommy John surgery and work to improve performance and longevity.
Through current sports science we found ways to prevent a UCL tear and subsequent Tommy John surgery. It's not breaking news that pitching is the most violent action in sports. It occurs at thousands of degrees per second and puts massive amounts of stress on one of the weakest joints in the body. The motion generates huge amounts of torque at the elbow, especially during the late-cocking phase and at release. So, you do what you can to limit wear-and-tear on your body.
Building the posterior muscles of the body can help alleviate stress on the shoulder and elbow during the follow-through phase of throwing. Having more stability and mobility in the core allows the shoulder to work more efficiently and have less stress. Having good posture "being able to properly retract the scapula" puts less stress on the elbow. The more the big muscles in the posterior chain are engaged the less the small muscles have to work! SO, train your posterior chain and let the big muscles decelerate your throwing motion!