Joe Janish has been coaching baseball for 20+ years, and playing for 30+. He was a D-1 ABCA All-American catcher in 1992, when he finished in the top 15 in the nation in hitting. He also coached at the D-1 level, and currently provides private instruction to serious baseball players in the NY/NJ/PA area.
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The Warning Signs and Precursors To UCL Injury

THE FIX EPISODE #14

Sport kinesiologist and baseball pitching mechanics expert Angel Borrelli discuss Chad Billingsley‘s setback, including a description of the flexor tendon, its role in the pitching motion, and how it relates to the UCL and Tommy John surgery. Further, Angel explains the importance of recognizing warning signs / precursors to UCL injury, as well as finding the root cause of injuries — which are often traced back to a flaw or flaws in the pitching motion. Also, Angel defines the olecranon, how Gavin Floyd may have fractured it, and how Floyd’s fracture of it may be related to his UCL injury. Finally, Angel addresses the myth that velocity increases with longer stride / stride length should be a specific percentage of body height.

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Tommy John Surgery Rehabilitation Explained

THE FIX EPISODE #13

Sport kinesiologist Angel Borrelli and baseball instructor / blogger Joe Janish discuss reasons why pitchers going through rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery may run into setbacks, and, how to avoid them. They also explain the reasons so many MLB pitchers are having second Tommy John surgeries, and what can be done to prevent further elbow injuries. Finally, Angel talks at length about the rehab process in general, including reasons why some pitchers take longer than others to return to the mound. Some of the pitchers discussed in this episode include Chad Billingsley, Jeremy Hefner, and Matt Harvey.

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How MLB Can Help Prevent Pitching Injuries At All Levels

THE FIX EPISODE #12

Sport kinesiologist Angel Borrelli and baseball instructor / blogger Joe Janish talk about Mets pitcher Dillon Gee and his latissimus dorsi injury. They also talk about the steps MLB can take to help prevent pitching injuries at all levels and ages.

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Is Relief Pitching Riskier Than Starting?

THE FIX EPISODE #11

Sport kinesiologist Angel Borrelli and baseball coach / blogger Joe Janish discuss Matt Harvey‘s return from Tommy John surgery, rehab from TJ surgery in general, Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia concern for hurting his arm as a reliever, and a pitching myth espoused by Zack Greinke, but busted by the scientist.

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How Pitching Mechanics Flaws Lead To Tommy John Surgery

THE FIX EPISODE #10

Will you blow out your elbow and need Tommy John surgery? There are certain styles of mechanics that leave a pitcher more vulnerable to a UCL breakdown, if one knows how to connect the dots between mechanics and stress to the joints. Sport kinesiologist Angel Borrelli and baseball coach/blogger Joe Janish pinpoint some of the mechanical risk factors associated with elbow injuries that can be easily identified by the as-yet-unheard group of sport professionals that actually study body movement and apply their knowledge to the pitching motion.

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Takeaways From The Pitching Dilemma

THE FIX EPISODE #9

Sport kinesiologist Angel Borrelli and baseball coach / blogger Joe Janish react to MLB Network’s airing of “Roundtable: The Pitching Dilemma,” during which a panel of surgeons, former MLB pitchers, and coaches presented theories on the recent rash of pitching injuries. Angel and Joe identify the main takeaways from the broadcast and discuss how issues can be fixed and pitchers and coaches can move forward.

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Pitch Counts and Recovery: What Every Baseball Coach, Pitcher, and Parent Should Know

THE FIX EPISODDE #8

Baseball coach/blogger and pitching mechanics expert / sport kinesiologist Angel Borrelli discuss the importance of recovery for a baseball pitcher. Toward that end, Angel goes in detail to explain the meaning, and best use of, pitch counts. This is an episode that every pitcher, baseball coach, and parent should hear.

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Is the Change-Up Dangerous?

THE FIX EPISODE 7

Sport Kinesiologist Angel Borrelli and baseball coach/blogger Joe Janish follow up on Episode #6 and further discuss the change-up and how it can be both dangerous and safe to throw. Related to the same topic, Joe and Angel cover the subject of whether a pre-teen ballplayer with small hands should use a two-finger or three-finger grip when throwing a baseball. Also, Angel describes the difference between what a biomechanist does, in contrast to what a kinesiologist does, when it comes to analyzing and correcting pitching mechanics. Finally, Angel explains how pitchers can prevent elbow injuries, and offers her theory as to why UCL injuries and Tommy John surgeries have become an epidemic — and guess what? it has NOTHING to do with pitch counts.

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Why MLB Pitching Coaches Should Not Fix Pitching Mechanics

THE FIX EPISODE #6

Sport Kinesiologist Angel Borrelli and baseball coach/blogger Joe Janish discuss Matt Moore’s elbow injury; whether the change-up is a dangerous pitch — and if Matt Moore should stop throwing it; the secret to velocity; why biomechanical analysis is not preventing pitching injuries; and why MLB pitching coaches should not be asked to fix pitching mechanics.

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What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection?

THE FIX EPISODE #5

Education, Solutions and Troubleshooting for the baseball pitcher featuring sport kinesiologist Angel Borrelli and baseball blogger Joe Janish.

What is “platelet-rich plasma injection” and what does it have to do with baseball pitchers who have suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament? What is an “ulnar nerve irritation” and how does that injury occur to a baseball pitcher’s elbow? What can a pitcher do to treat it, and prevent it?

In this episode, Angel and Joe discuss New York Mets pitcher Bobby Parnell’s partially torn UCL, the definitions of “ulnar nerve irritation” and “platelet-rich plasma injection,” as well as a new paradigm for keeping MLB pitchers healthy.

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