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What is the kinetic chain? How does it work with pitchers? Is it important to know? What do we need to know about it? Dr. Chris McKenzie, a board-certified sports & orthopedic physical therapist, goes over these concepts in Part 1 of a three-part (yes, three part) interview.

Plus Rob answers the Question of the Week about drills for helping a 7-year-old work on his swing with a tee and net setup.

In this 47-minute episode, you'll learn:

  • what is the kinetic chain as it relates to pitchers
  • what is shoulder external rotation
  • what is shoulder internal rotation
  • what is stride hip internal rotation
  • what is stride hip external rotation
  • whether pitchers should work specifically on shoulder external rotation
  • what creates velocity
  • how to transfer muscle strength along the chain
  • how youth players can build muscle strength without lifting weights
  • how to generate force from the ground for pitching
  • whether the drive leg or the stride leg is more important in generating force, and how to strengthen it
  • how Chris feels about "tall & fall" as a pitching technique
  • whether to focus on a specific aspect on the pitching delivery

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