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Road map for ’08 laid.

November 13, 2007

Up around 4:30am for a short run. Then onto the airport where I met up with Paul Lessard (Head Trainer) Mike Reinold (Asst. Trainer) and Dave Page (Strength and Conditioning Coach). Quick 1 hour 20 minute flight down to Delaware for a check under the hood and a fix it lesson.

The trio in Delaware are pretty much solely responsible for saving my career in 1995. Dr Craig Morgan (Arguably the smartest man on the planet when it comes to throwing shoulders and ‘sick shoulders’), Jeff Cooper (Over 3 decades as head trainer for the Philadelphia Phillies) and Phil Donnelly (NATA Hall of Fame and member of the 1980 US Olympic Training Staff). After being misdiagnosed with a rotator cuff tear, Coop led me to Dr Morgan. Doc took about 2 minutes of testing before telling me I did NOT have a rotator cuff tear, but instead I had a “SLAP Lesion”. I believe it’s Superior Laberal, Anterior, Posterior Tear. What it isn’t, is a rotator cuff tear. I went from “Career ending” to “I can make you better than you’ve ever been if you follow the protocol for rehab” in a span of about 24 hours.

Doc fixed me, Phil rehabbed me, with Coop, and Coop kept me healthy over the next 5+ years. I came out of surgery throwing about 5-7 mph harder on a pretty consistent basis. Doc told me that he’d make my shoulder perfect, and he did, but also said that if I didn’t follow the protocol religiously none of it would matter.

Phil oversaw an intense rehab that was as much an education for me on my shoulder as it was rehab for the shoulder itself. I learned about the Kinetic Chain long before it was ‘en vogue’. The transfer of power from the point of your plant foot, to the tip of your throwing hand is a process that relies on strength, flexibility and range of motion in your foot, ankle, knee, thigh, hip, core, chest, shoulder, elbow, forearm, hand. Have a snag in any one spot and the transfer of power is diminished. Go too far astray and the entire chain becomes tangled.

Someone with easy repeatable mechanics is apt to hide the symptoms or problems much longer than others. This is basically what’s happened to me over the past year. You do not just lose 5 mph in a week or two span, barring an injury. I was concerned the entire season I had a labral tear. I don’t. I basically have major clogs in the kinetic chain that are a direct result of limited, to almost non existent flexibility in my right ankle.

The major indicators are my left hip, which is tight, and my thoracic spine. Bottom line is I’ve lost flexibility in areas I cannot afford to. At 35 I could overcome them, or didn’t have them. I can’t now.

One of the major problems with not feeling well and trying to spend days between starts just being able to get back on the rubber is that you lose time and ability to stay focused on the little things you pour yourself into when things are running smoothly.

Dave and Paul worked to get me right, and Mike instituted a cutting edge program that, were it not for them, My season ends in July.

It was more of a program designed to get me out there, than it was to progress. During the season it’s close to impossible to progress some of this stuff due to the exercises and other things involved.

That’s now fixed. What these 6 guys did, under the eyes of Doc and Phil, was design the program that will allow me to regain the hip flexibility I must have, along with fixing my scapula. The serratus, and deltoid, and lat, have gotten to a point where my right shoulder blade is beginning to ‘wing’. That’s bad. The right shoulder blade MUST remain ‘pinned’ or tucked close to the back as it rotates through the delivery. “Sick shoulders” will see the scapula ‘wing out’ or ‘sag’ to a point where they put undue force on the shoulder joint. Compressing areas that cannot remain compressed, causing inflammation. Unchecked this inflammation leads to discomfort, pain and pretty soon a shut down of the core muscles that are required to throw. If you keep throwing your arm and body will find a way, but it will do so with muscles not trained to do it, and often times this results in the dreaded TJ, or Tommy John surgery. I was stunned to find out that Tommy John is RARELY caused by the elbow itself, but more often than not it’s the major stress put on the elbow from a sick shoulder no longer working that causes the ligament to blow.

One of the other by products that you will often see is just how many guys have TJ surgery, come back feeling fantastic, only to have follow up shoulder surgery. The confusion is now much easier to clear up when people realize that the elbow surgery never fixed the factors that caused the injury. Having elbow surgery and spending 18 months rehabbing the new ligament, under the eyes of someone not up to speed, results in the true cause of the injury, the sick and weakened shoulder, to never be addressed.

Horribly boring for anyone not REALLY interested in this kind of stuff.

Bottom line is Dr Morgan told me, pretty much with the same passion and honesty he did 12 years ago, that I would regain 4-5 mph if I stuck to the lengthy program and routine they have now laid out for me.

I don’t really see any options at this point.

43 Comments leave one →
  1. ryssee permalink
    November 13, 2007 8:00 pm

    Can’t wait to see the results of all the hard work, and I’m so glad I get to see it with you in a Red Sox uniform!

    Your post makes me want to ask a question I’ve been wondering about. With all sorts of people turning to yoga to stretch and strengthen and relax themselves, are there many guys in MLB learning yoga? I know, it’s probably seen as kinda girly, but I work with athletes (runners) that do it and they swear it enhances their performance. Just curious!

  2. scottydidnt permalink
    November 13, 2007 8:22 pm

    you could do what everyone use to do, take steriods and get healthy quickly. do you think that roger clemens took steroids? it seems a little ridiculous that he started pitching better than he ever had at his age after he left the red sox. granted his last year in boston he pitched great but had no run support from a bad red sox team.

  3. ilovebigpapi permalink
    November 13, 2007 8:56 pm

    Have you ever tried Pilates? Only with medical advice and approval of course but maybe it could help-the right exercises done the proper way. It’s supposed to be very good for your core and your spine. I have never tried it but that’s what I have been told.

    Sounds like much work-but you are dedicated and I believe you can and will do it again just like you did before.

  4. seattlesoxfan permalink
    November 13, 2007 10:58 pm

    Great outline that fills in a lot of blanks regaring the past season. In light of all that your post-season heroics in 2007 is all the more remarkable. You’re an incredible person Curt Schilling! Thank you for inspiring all of us to keep pushing and to try just a little bit harder in our own lives.

    Thanks again for sharing and I can’t wait to see the results of your off-season program this spring. Thinking of a rotation with a ddominant Josh Beckett, a Dice-K with a full year in MLB under his belt, a rested andd ready Lester & Buchholz, a rejuvinated Curt Schilling and Wakefield the Magician the 08 Red Sox are going to be flat out scary!

    I’m off now to wikipedia regaring the Kinetic Chain. Thanks again for includding your fans and fans of the game.

  5. patsfan630 permalink
    November 13, 2007 11:46 pm

    good luck Curt! We’re all very excited that you’ve chosen to come back to the Sox, and your preparation is the stuff of legend. Even without that extra 4-5mph, you’re still one of the top pitchers in the game.

  6. fenway permalink
    November 14, 2007 12:23 am

    I appreciate the information regarding the training and therapy used to keep world-class athletes performing at such a high level. It points to the fact that there are numerous unsung heroes who operate at the top of their field, but who don’t get the same recognition as the people they help. Your posts and comments to the media go far to recognize these true professionals. Has your training staff indicated how your weight loss goals might affect the Kinetic Chain and/or your pitching velocity?

  7. eric1414 permalink
    November 14, 2007 12:24 am

    Hey Schill,

    Boring!? Not from my standpoint, that was one of the best posts I’ve read from you since (I think when) you wrapped up the AL going into October. Fantastic stuff, thank you for giving more insight to you reinventing yourself this season and the training you’re currently going through.

    I was pretty surprised at how bad it was during the regular season for you: “I was concerned the entire season I had a labral tear.”

    Really kind of puts things into a better perspective when you talked about how if it weren’t for those people around you and the regimen you were on, your season could’ve been over in July. Just… wow.

    I’m glad you’ve already dedicated yourself to getting in top shape going into spring training (it’ll be tough not to gain a few pounds during the upcoming holiday season.) I’ve been missing the 07 sox for awhile now, but looking forward to next season and tell Dusty congrats from all of us – he sure as hell deserved it. Now if I can only find an away jersey of his before Christmas…

    -Eric M. Eveland

  8. syphax permalink
    November 14, 2007 12:39 am

    That’s not boring, that’s one of your better posts!

    Now we won’t be surprised when you are throwing HEAT again next spring!

  9. November 14, 2007 1:45 am

    You’re the man Curt. I hope you can stick with your workouts and conditioning. If you’ve proved anything with your time with the Sox (ala “the” bloody sock), it’s that you’re dedicated and passionate about what you do on the field. One of the many reasons I’m so excited to have you back!

  10. dylansharek permalink
    November 14, 2007 2:30 am

    Good luck. Hope all goes well.
    I really appreciate the insight you give on a ballplayer’s everyday life. You don’t see that very much with “stars” anymore. Guys like you, Granderson, and Pat Neshek are truly stand up individuals and don’t take the opportunities you have been given for granted.
    Thanks.

  11. denisesoxfan permalink
    November 14, 2007 7:43 am

    Hey Curt! Thanks for everything! Wishing you the best with this conditioning program. Can’t wait till next year and I’m very glad you will be back.
    Denise

  12. fanfromfalls permalink
    November 14, 2007 7:46 am

    Thanks for the insght into the game–which is exactly what your blog gives to any avid baseball fan not only the avid Red Sox fan. Do you have any insight into the Lowell negotiations?

  13. trotfan4life permalink
    November 14, 2007 8:03 am

    Curt,

    I am a physical therapist who truly enjoys working with athletes. I was one myself for years and always told people that it is important to understand the route cause of the injury in order to fully rehab the injury. In this day of strength and conditioning guru’s people seem to lose focus on the fact that the injury must be appropriately rehabilitated prior to any strength and conditioning. It is amazing to me that this concept has been lost in professional sports (i.e. all of the wide receivers with hamstring injuries!) Working your stabilizing muscles is the first step in a long process. I thought it was interesting when you mentioned that while you were rehabbing this injury you were unable to do those little things that you had done in the past. The ironinc thing is those little things you had done in the past were the reason that you have lasted so long.
    Most fans would be interested to know that if they looked into a mirror, or had someone look at their scapula for them, they would have the same winging that you referred to. They would also be suprised to know that one simple exercise could “right the ship” and probably also solve a multitude of other problems. Thank you for your depth and insight. I am nowhere near the caliber of people that you have had working with you, but it is refreshing to know that some of the things that I yell at the TV during the games are what other people in the field are saying as well.
    I wish you all of the best with your off season rehab. I am glad for you and your family that you were able to say here one more year, and I think that if you stick to the rehab program religiously, you will see the results… like I say to my patients, you have to remember “the hip bones connected to the thigh bone……” the chain is only as strong as the weakest link.

    Good Luck this season

    Shannon Cabral, DPT

  14. November 14, 2007 8:16 am

    Listening to you now on EEI. Good luck. Malach is 35, about your size, and it get hard when you need to adjust lifestyles.

    This remind me of the late 80′s Larry Bird, who reinvented himself by losing weight and adding muscle

  15. hammerhead permalink
    November 14, 2007 9:08 am

    Wow, I must be dense. Since you went to this new set-up, I hadn’t been able to figure out how to post. Anyway, finally here after being away for awhile. Mucho congrats on everything. I know you meet and connect with tons of people but I did mention to you during the season how the body changes when you hit certain ages, as I am 42 and know full well. When I heard you say that people had been telling you that but you had too realize it yourself, I had to laugh. Yeah, I guess it’s universal to think “it won’t happen to me”.
    Anyway, Like I mentioned during the summer I knew after you shut down for awhile that you would come back primed for the playoffs. And you did!! Fascinating reading about the physics. I had a feeling you would be paying the piper for what you put that ankle through in ’04. I just didn’t think it would be that long lasting. And I’m thrilled it isn’t permanent as it easily could have been without proper diagnosis. I’m eager to see what you can do next year.
    The team was great. Tito now should silence all his critics during the year. Almost all his prepatory moves were perfect. And the way he handled the pitching staff in the postseason….magnifique! Props to Oki and Paps. They were fresh and showed it, although Oki seemed a little tired by the last game but Paps dug it out for him.
    Hey, winning another would make a great exit, Curt! Either way, in between your preperations for next year, make sure to sit back now and again and appreciate this year. I know it wasn’t solely you but you are a MAJOR reason for the turnaround in the Red Sox. And for that you have my gratitude….peace.

  16. delanav permalink
    November 14, 2007 9:10 am

    This is my first post, but I’ve been a long time Red Sox fan, with Carlton Fisk being my first baseball crush when I was all of 12. Love this post and can’t wait to see what blessings the new year will bring. You’ve got talent and drive, and those things, combined with a healthy body, is what makes watching baseball fun. Keep us up to date on how it’s going. You’re one of the good guys . . .

  17. risoxfan permalink
    November 14, 2007 9:23 am

    I found it interesting, Curt. Thanks for explaining. It makes me wonder how this knowledge would have changed careers in the past. Can you imagine what Sandy Koufax’s numbers would have been had he and his trainers known what we know now?

  18. frodo1962 permalink
    November 14, 2007 9:50 am

    Curt

    I see in the Globe today that it is official, the team will start next season in Japan. I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on this. As I recall the Yankees did this, and their record after returning wasn’t the greatest, any concerns?

  19. November 14, 2007 10:50 am

    Curt, that’s terrific news! I’d also like to say that I wasn’t horribly bored, I was fascinated. You just can’t learn about stuff ilke this in the normal media, you know? It’s what makes blogs so awesome.

    Great to hear that you’ve been “diagnosed”, and given your character makeup, I’d expect that you’ll follow the doc’s advice religiously; if they’re right about your rehab, I’m sure you’ll take full advantage and come back strong for your final tour through the big leagues. Which will be a treat for all of your fans.

    Let’s hear it for another great run in ’08!

  20. bosoxinfl permalink
    November 14, 2007 11:43 am

    Schill,

    I loved reading this post. I wish you the best in getting ready for ’08. What a kick it would be if you went something like 15-4 as the #4 starter!
    And 3-0 in the post season AGAIN.

    Best of luck.

  21. fanofthesox permalink
    November 14, 2007 1:19 pm

    Curt,

    I’m not going to give any conditioning advice. I just want to say that I was quite relieved and happy when you re-signed with the Sox. You bring a lot to this team both on the field and in the clubhouse. And, while my politics agree with yours, I find it very refreshing to hear well thought-out and intelligent opinions from an athlete. Most of the time all we hear are cliches. I’m glad that you have the blog and I enjoy listening to you on WEEI.

    One last request: please use whatever juice you might have with Theo to make sure that Mike Lowell comes back. Give him four years and, if necessary, three years down the road, put Mike at first and Youk back at third.

    Again, thank you very much for staying with the Sox.

    Rich from Wilbraham

  22. dannyo permalink
    November 14, 2007 1:30 pm

    Hi Curt,
    First congradulations for the 2007 season, you made my summer, fall and now winter knowing we will see most of the 07 roster returning. Have you considered doing any kind of “get in shape with Curt” program via the internet? I am 45 and about the same height and weight. I need to drop
    20 myself. I am inspired by your approach in the off-season and what you
    will be dealing with. I was wondering if the rest of us can follow along with you in our own personal pursuit of getting in shape, but have a place where we can go for inspiration, diet, workout and inspirational thoughts, words and so on. Knowing this will be a big part of your life will inspire others to pursue it with the same conviction. Still you are a professional athlete, and so to follow your program and see our own results come spring training, opening day, mid season….would be to share in the adventure and goals set now. I know you are a busy guy, but it would be a great to share in the personal victories.

    Best to you
    Danny

  23. nycsour permalink
    November 14, 2007 2:49 pm

    We are all pulling for you Curt. Your post is the first item that’s got me looking forward to 08, I can’t wait to see the results! There is no failure with hard work.

    John

  24. sbasil permalink
    November 14, 2007 3:33 pm

    Curt,

    I found your post regarding kinetics and your health to be interesting. I think it’s great that you have a path to getting in shape for 2008. I do have a question re: the 4-5 mph velocity you mention.

    Do you anticipate going back to the 2004-type pitching approach via regaining this velocity or do you simply see any plus in velocity vs. where you ended 2007 as a bonus to the approach you took the later half of this past season?

  25. aredsoxfan permalink
    November 14, 2007 5:53 pm

    Wow, I felt just like the person who said she had trouble figuring out how to post here.

    Anyway, I, too, enjoyed your informative narrative about what has happened and how you are going to prepare. In this day and age it is remarkable that you take the time to let you fans know how things are progressing, etc. I am sure everyone else feels like I do, that you are talking to us as your friends and that is a wonderful feeling.

    I wrote a note to post when you decided to accept the offer and make all of us so happy and grateful to see you in a Red Sox uniform next year (and I truly believe you understand how important that is for us) and at the time could not figure out how to post it, heh, heh, but I wanted to let you know how much that meant to a lot of us, so here it is (albeit a bit late).
    __________________________________________

    Hi Curt,

    Just like so many other members of Red Sox Nation I was thrilled for you (and us!!) when I heard the news that deal is almost done so that you can come back and pitch for the Red Sox next year. You are truly an inspiration to so many. I remember the car commercial you did before coming to Boston (hitching a ride so you could help bring us a World Series title) and I knew then that something special was going to happen and it did! We have enjoyed having you here in Boston not only as a member of RSN but for the wonderful philanthropic work you and your lovely wife do. I just read today that the Medfield baseball field will be named in Shonda’s honor and you must feel so very proud, rightfully so. When my husband won a package of Red Sox gear in a contest and asked me what baseball shirt I would like to have, there was so hesitation, number 38 – I felt you were so instrumental in helping us win the elusive prize in 2004. I, too, had my fingers crossed (and said a few prayers, too!) that you would be back. You are the type of person that give so much to everything you do and a wonderful example of a caring husband and loving father that I truly enjoy knowing you are a part of the team that I so enjoy watching. Best of luck to you in the off season. I know you certainly do not lack for friends or offers, but boy I would love to have you and your family over for a Sunday dinner to say thank you to you and your very supportive family. Looking forward to seeing you once again next year!!

    Maureen, Reading, MA

  26. soxfaninil permalink
    November 14, 2007 6:01 pm

    Curt, Thanks for the information about the guys overseas. They are doing a great job no matter what the “media” says. I want to say thanks for the updates on your offseason as well.

    Looking forward to seeing you pitch next year, and don’t worry even if you do not gain that mph, you will still be great. It was definately not boring stuff either. Thanks again, and keep on speaking your mind, I am all for you and I agree the real story about the war on terror is not being told.

  27. November 14, 2007 8:23 pm

    Great information and thanks for sharing it. The 2008 Sox should be solid from the get go…I happened to notice you’re managing the 1986 Red Sox at Sportingnews.com:

    http://www.sportingnews.com/baseball/1986/teams/team.php?id=24752

    Very cool all the way around – here’s to the future and the past!

  28. nbarnes permalink
    November 14, 2007 9:03 pm

    Posts like this are why I’m a fan, Curt, and would be a fan even if you’d left Boston. Grats on the new ring, and I’m glad you’ll be with the Red Sox in ’08.

  29. savageman permalink
    November 14, 2007 10:59 pm

    CURT DO YOUR THING DUDE YOU THE MAN. YOU ARE A STRIKE THROWING MACHINE.

  30. November 14, 2007 11:05 pm

    I, too, found that interesting.
    There is so much behind the scenes stuff during a season we fans don’t/can’t realize (your fears and Dustin’s injury). Maybe this will help some people back off and realize there may be something going on that the player either doesn’t know, or can’t really say lest the competition have an advantage.
    Glad to see you’ll be able to retire in Boston, though if the program works… you may be tempted to play a few more years and get close to the 300 victory mark.
    As a man who should have a few Cy Young awards himself, you can also be a sounding board to Beckett if he needs one. He seems to have a good attitude thus far.

  31. bostonsueb permalink
    November 14, 2007 11:09 pm

    Thanks for the post, Curt. It’s nice to know that you’re “human” and you go through the same stuff we “ordinary people” do. I hurt my lower back doing yoga, believe or not. I am on a muscle relaxant, and I have to have a second cortisone shot Monday. But I’ll do it and then physical therapy, b/c like you, I’m not in my 30s anymore (happy birthday, by the way–I’m 44), and I have to watch it all of the time. But being healthy is key, and you’re going to get there, while accepting that you can’t pitch as if you were 35 anymore, and that’s life. ( I think Pilates might be the answer, too.) Good luck with your training program, and thanks as always for your honesty, and your work with the troops and all of the good work you and Shonda do with ALS prevention and treatment, breast cancer survivors (my mom is one), and the other work that makes a difference. No steroids, thankfully.

    BTW, I am still worried that Mike Lowell is on his way. He is a class act, and I understand that he wants to do right by his family, but really, $40 million vs. $50 million? Please…anyway, thanks for your candor (and for your loyalty to Red Sox Nation). It’s greatly appreciated. Let’s get another World Series title in 08!!!
    –Sue in Brookline

  32. November 15, 2007 2:19 am

    Hey Schill…

    Thank you for the fantastic post… you have, once again, delivered on the promise to provide the reader with the kind of information and insight we CANNOT get anywhere else…

    Warmest wishes to you and your family for the holiday season…

    On a personal note, thanks for taking the pic and signing my license plate at the Marriott weekend-before-last… you made my day.

    Best wishes,
    SOX1FAN

  33. murphyssox1111 permalink
    November 15, 2007 8:30 am

    Curt that is awesome that you are getting the help that you need. I beleive that you will be the same great pictcher you were in 07 this year and even better in 08. I hope that Lowell stays for the 08 and beyond. I am glad to see you sign for another year.

    GO SOX !!!.

    Michael and Amy Murphy
    The biggest Sox fans in Kansas City,Mo.

  34. soxfaninil permalink
    November 15, 2007 9:53 am

    Curt, great story thanks for getting it out there and your support of our true heroes. Though you are definately someone I would like my son to look up to/idolize.

    To the folks that think that “the world hates us.” “Most” of the world looks at the US like we are the Yankees. We have all the hardware and others are jealous. We have the money and power throughout the world, like the Yankees in baseball. But the question, just like a SOX fan is, do they wish harm on us? The answer is no. Europe does not really HATE the US, nor does most of the world. That is just what the media wants you to think because they have an agenda. The middle east does hate us because we, and the western countries, have a totally different culture that they absolutely oppose. So it makes me very frustrated to hear people say the world hates us and that we are the terrorists. This country does more good in the world than the rest of the worlds nations combined.

    Anyway, Curt, thank you very much for everything you do for the charities, and troops. I was hurt about the story about the National Guard meeting the Patriots, and not one player showed up for the event. That was a shame, but I am sure there was just a miscommunication there, I really hope.

    GO SOX IN 2008! Keep up the good work Curt. You are a hero in many ways.

  35. keithcountry1025 permalink
    November 15, 2007 9:29 pm

    Great info…..I’ll be curious as to your workout routine….will you be using AP in Tempe at some point? I think fans will be curious to know what they give you for a nutrition plan…..I think you will inspire some folks to follow your lead.

  36. forbin17 permalink
    November 15, 2007 11:42 pm

    Curt,

    I know this may not be your style, but Yoga is GREAT for opening hips.

    Three poses in particular:

    The Warrior sequence, which is three poses which are based around a lunge

    Pigeon pose

    And a passive stretch called Supta Bhadda konasana, (Reclining Bound angle pose)

    These aren’t the pretzel poses, if you know what I mean. But I would bet that no matter what you are doing, they are not far off of this basis. Ask your trainers about them. They strenghten and lengthen at the same time.

    I really couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t let you know a possible solution to your problem. :)

    And please give yourself a break:
    You gave a lot more than only one season to us. That right ankle is inflexible because you sacrificed your career for us. You changed all of our lives in a very meaningful way. You’ve given us a lot more than one year.

    WHO YOU OWE IS YOURSELF: Go out there, strengthen that shoulder, lose that weight, and remind people what kind of pitcher you really are! You owe that to yourself.

    Good Luck!

  37. cursedtofirst permalink
    November 16, 2007 12:17 pm

    NOT boring. not at all. posts like this are like catnip to Boston fans. we NEVER hear about these kinds of things in the MSM much less directly written in the first person. the few exceptions i’ve found have been tidbits in books written by third parties who can’t necessarily be trusted to be correct, and the science behind this stuff changes every day anyway. this blog is the perfect venue for you to educate the enthusiastic but relatively uninformed fan on what’s behind the scenes, and you have to know that if anyone’s going to appreciate that to the hilt it’s a Sox fan. we’ll show up to watch Kevin Youkilis shave, for Pete’s sake (pun not intended but you can consider it a plug :))! please keep these updates coming!

  38. rapidtrent permalink
    November 16, 2007 11:02 pm

    Hi Curt,

    I thought that reports had you at 95 mph in the 9th in your no-hit bid. Your not the only one whose needed alittle “recovery” after a complete game. And the youngsters are prone to it as well.

    From the sound of your post the lack of flexibility in your ankle makes maintaining your “form” critical and that your form may also have to be modified to make up for the lack of flexibility. Is ankle flexibility out of the question?

  39. kharma2301 permalink
    November 17, 2007 4:38 pm

    Mr Schilling:

    In 2004 in the Bay Tower Room you ran out of time giving out autographs and your lovely wife was kind enough to give my sister in law your address so my nieces could have their baseballs signed by you. Sure enough you sent the stuff in the mail a few days after my sister in law mailed them to you. Thank you.

    Here is my way of returning the favor. Your physical problems are a result of the injurious mechanics inherent in the traditional pitching motion. The picture of you above is Exhibit A for why so many guys ( and kids!) like you have so many arm problems. As we can see, you are taking the ball out of your glove with your hand on top of the ball. This has to stop. I suspect Dr Morgan or the fellas in Delaware have ever told you this. Taking the ball out of the glove with the hand on top causes late forearm turnover which leads to reverse forearm bounce which leads to problems in the front of your shoulder and inside of the elbow. I stronly suggest you take a look at what the guy who actually knows why you are having shoulder problems, Dr Mike Marshall, has to sa about properly throwing a baseball

    Dr Marshall has a web site, drmikemarshall, where he has a video which is free of charge to you and all. He has a free book which is free of charge to you and all. He answes all letters which is free of charge to you and all. He will evaluate the elbow X Rays of all youth pitchers to see how the critical growth plates are developing which is free of charge to all.

    Dr Marshall will be holding a Certification Seminar the weekend of January 11-13 in Zephyrhills FL at his Research facility which will cost you and all $100 to cover lunch, CD’s and materials. In your case Dr Marshall would love to high speed film you and evaluate how one of our truly fine gentlemen actually throws a baseball. I think you will be in for a surprise. You don’t have to be filmed to attend. however.

    Someone has to step forward and bring some science into the madness that is the traditional pitching motion. Maybe it’s you.

    Thanks again for your kindness to my nieces.

    Kharma
    770-490-6115

  40. diehardartist permalink
    November 19, 2007 10:01 pm

    Hey Curt, even though you guys won it all, me living in NYC and being a Red Sox fan, everyone tells me that the hitting is suspect. Sure, Lowell is back but what about a more potent lineup. Does management go after Tori Hunter?

  41. ssm1964 permalink
    January 23, 2008 6:09 pm

    Hi Curt. I know it has been almost 2 months since you posted this, but I was recently given a copy by my son’s sports therapy trainers. My son is 15 and he is a pretty decent pitcher. After a serious illness in 2005 his heart was somewhat affected and he was told to lay off the weight training during football season. He was not sure how else to get stronger for football and baseball, so I started looking for alternatives. I am so thrilled to have him on a plan to help him become more flexible, stronger and healthier all around.

    They explained why certain things were not working for him and as they went through the tests and stretches. They showed him how to work at something, become stronger for football and swimming and be ready for baseball, his favorite sport. We are anxious to see how this all pans out in the long run and are just at the beginning of it, but we see progress. He is anxious to see how it affects his pitching speed and hopes for a great season. He plans on keeping an eye on your progress as well, as he feels he can truly relate to how the body adjusts to compensate for a weakness or injury. He has also learned that doing all of these exercises without weights has provided him just as much of a workout as weight training!!

    His heart will be checked again in May to be certain nothing has changed. I know you may not see this, but I really felt compelled to share this for others as well. The body does a lot of compensating, even at 15, so getting at this early may prove to be a wonderful choice for him. (not to mention that his sister and I are also trying it)

    We hope things are going well and that you are able to get to your goals for 2008. We shall see if he can increase his pitch speed into the 80′s with his increased flexibility and strength. Have a great year and we will check in often!! GO SOX!!!!

    SSM – Maine

  42. brendanhill permalink
    March 12, 2008 5:30 pm

    Hi Mr. Schilling,

    I read a book on you by Matt Christopher, it was very entertaining. I learned so much how you where in childhood and your development in sports. This book made me more and more interested in your life. Tomorrow I am doing an oral presentation on your career, life and childhood. Wish my luck!

    Sorry about your shoulder hope you feel better! I’m sure the same effort and work which you have lead your life will result in a great recovery!

    Brendan Hill
    5th Grade
    Tolland Middle School
    Tolland, CT

  43. casey71019 permalink
    October 6, 2008 8:51 pm

    hey curt, im a high school pitcher at downingtown east in exton, pa. i recently broke my collarbone in football and i will need to start rehab soon. i heard phil donnelly was the best of the best when it comes to shoulders. i am getting recruited by several d1 schools and this summer is going to be big for me and i do not want to lose any velocity.
    how could i get hooked up with phil donnelly and also do you have any tips for rehab.

    good luck this year and i hope to see you back in a phillies uniform soon.

    Casey Roche

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