The Rope Dual Threat Trainer™
- The Rope Trainer™ uses an actual baseball to reinforce proper; grip, balance, arm extension and follow through.
- Immediate tactile, auditory and physical feedback allows you to adjust your techniques at you train.
- Adjustable tether & quick assembly.
The Rope Dual Threat Trainer™ includes:
- - regulation size baseball
- - predrilled tether insert holes for 2 seam & 4 seam grip positions
- - specialized tether attachment
Using The Rope Dual Threat Trainer™safely:
- Hold baseball in proper grip position, with tether attachment between index and middle fingers.
- Engage in throwing motion, HOLDING BALL AT ALL TIMES & DO NOT RELEASE, as directed by coach or parent.
- Proper follow through is indicated when rope/tether brushes against player’s back at the end of the throwing motion.
- NEVER HOLD The Rope Trainer™ by the rope/tether attachment or rope end. Trainer is ONLY intended for use when holding ball AT ALL TIMES.
- Ball should NEVER leave user’s grip for any reason. The Rope Trainer™ should NEVER BE THROWN.
- The Rope Trainer™ should be used under supervision of an adult.
- Improper use may result in accidental damage or injury. Follow all instructions and safety guidelines.
- See instructional video at www.perfectpitchandthrow.com for more information.
- USE UNDER ADULT SUPERVISION AT ALL TIMES.
Directions for attaching the ball to the rope/tether attachment.
- Insert rope/tether attachment into user selected insert hole.
- Push rope/tether attachment toward center of ball while turning rope/tether attachment a ¼ turn to the right, locking the rope/tether attachment in place.
- Pull on the rope/tether to ensure it’s locked in position and doesn’t come loose.
- To remove rope/tether attachment from insert hole: Push in toward center of ball, ¼ turn left, and remove the rope/tether attachment from the ball.
Why is using and holding The ROPE Trainer better than just throwing the baseball?
- Letting go of the ball, like in a normal throwing sequence, impacts the joints. Each throw does take a toll on the throwing muscles and joints. When using The ROPE Trainer, a player can achieve muscle contraction of the shoulder and throwing muscles without causing undo stress on the elbow and shoulder Each throw exposes the throwing muscles and joints to a larger kinetic load and motion than naturally occur. Throwing a ball can adversely affect all the muscles and joints in the throwing sequence. The ROPE Trainer works to decrease the extra force expended during the throwing sequence.
- When throwing a baseball, pitchers/players must optimize the sequential use of muscle segments throughout the body. When throwing a ball, players are generating and transferring potential energy to propel the baseball. Any inefficiency or failure of the throwing sequence or kinetic chain can increase the stress on the shoulder, elbow, and all the throwing joints and muscles. Using The ROPE Trainer to improve efficiency and development of the throwing sequence can improve techniques and assist in performance improvement, rehabilitation, and prevention of injury.
How does The ROPE Trainer reinforce proper mechanics?
- Using The ROPE Trainer allows players to work the throwing muscles in all parts of the kinetic chain. Using The ROPE Trainer optimizes the mechanics of the throwing sequence by building the muscles and joints used during the throwing process. Over time, using The ROPE Trainer will allow for better muscle memory, improved strength and endurance without the excessive stress caused by releasing the ball.
How does The ROPE Trainer help players limit the risk of injury?
- Using The ROPE Trainer helps control the ball, control mechanics, and develop the accelerator muscles, as well as the decelerator muscles. The accelerator muscles work from the time between optimal external rotation of the shoulder and the release of the ball. The ROPE Trainer limits undo stress on the elbow and shoulder, particularly when the muscles start to protect and to contract. This process can start the downward cycle to injury. The ROPE Trainer facilitates using the muscle chain including most of the muscles from the shoulder, triceps/biceps, elbow, to the wrist and hand. The ROPE Trainer fires muscles properly to help the player pull all the way through delivery, helping players create an upward cycle of increased performance while limiting the risk of injury.
Does The ROPE Trainer help with the muscles used during the acceleration and deceleration phases of the throwing motion?
- Most players use their back muscles for the entire throwing sequence- The ROPE Trainer works the front throwing muscles and those related to both acceleration and deceleration. The ROPE Trainer helps fully stretch and contract the muscles in the front of the body (the large throwing muscles) to reinforce the throwing sequence. Most players don’t throw or pull through the whole motion, and when they decelerate early, they typically increase pressure or impingement on the shoulders as these muscles stretch and contract. With The ROPE Trainer, the body pulls all the way through the entirety of the throwing motion while getting the correct accelerators and decelerators developing and working efficiently.