Nutrition is often overlooked in western culture. Athletes tend to have better nutritional intake so they can operate at higher levels, but if you watch the news, especially if you keep an eye on professional baseball pitchers, you will see that Tendonitis injury is rampant.
Here is the single most valuable nutritional rule that must be followed to avoid Tendonitis, that a baseball pitcher can take with him from Little League all the way to the Big Leagues. There are many reasons that lead up to a baseball pitcher getting an elbow, shoulder, or wrist Tendonitis , but for the moment let’s focus on nutrition.
How Does Nutrition Play A Role In Tendonitis?
Tendon is a form of connective tissue. Tendon is made up of the same collagen that makes up ligaments, cartilage, and the thinner web of connective tissue that wraps -everything- and connects -everything- in the body.
Connective tissue is made up of protein fiber, calcium but also magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and trace minerals, chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine. Our modern western diet, unfortunately, has evolved into a state of providing very little nutrition. And if a baseball pitcher is not taking in enough of the right nutrients, his connective tissue will become weaker and less structurally sound that it could be and should be.
Does Pitching Cause Tendonitis?
The culture of baseball believes that pitching causes Tendonitis. If only it were that cut and dried. If the powers that be in baseball management and/or medical staff understood the Tendonitis dynamic, there wouldn’t be such a pandemic of pitchers on the DL and heading off to surgery.
Pitching a baseball does not cause tendonitis. Even if it did, there are ways to keep it at bay and keep the tissue healthy.
One aspect of this is to keep a pitcher’s connective tissue as strong as possible. It is obvious that weak connective tissue will break down easier and faster than tissue that has all the materials and building blocks it needs.
It also makes sense that if a pitcher doesn’t have all the building blocks his tendons and connective tissue need, then he won’t heal as fast from actual tendon damage. You can’t build a brick wall without bricks.
What Is The #1 Nutritional Rule A Pitcher Should Follow To Throw Hard And Avoid Injury?
There is a lot of advice out there. There is a lot of high tech info and fancy gadgets out there. But every pitching coach will tell you that it all comes down to basics. Same thing with nutrition.
Historically a daily part our western diet was a food source that gave us all the basics our bodies need to stay structurally strong. As our food practices have changed over the decades, this dietary staple has disappeared. And thus the prevalence of Tendonitis has risen to a level that we now consider common and normal.
The #1 rule a pitcher should follow sounds something like this: Eat food that will make your bones, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and joints strong.
That wasn’t very fancy or snazzy, and it sounds like common sense, but the intent of this rule is routinely ignored because we assume that the food we get from the store has all the vital nutrients that we need, in the quantity that we need them. Which unfortunately just is not true.
You won’t find this food at Safeway, or mainstream grocery stores. This food should be natural and organic.
Now you’re probably wondering what food I’m talking about. You’re probably expecting me to tell you about a nutritional product, a supplement, a food system, or something that you’ll need to buy.
But I said basics, remember? This food is a bone broth you can make at home, and add to or mix with other meals. Except for buying the bone, it’s free to make. It is natural for you, and healthy. And it will make your tendons strong as steel (and flexible too).