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Coaches - I need some professional advice. My son is a High School Junior, who has performed well enough in the Showcase events that he's addended that he's begun hearing from some pretty nice Div.1 Baseball programs. He plays middle infield for his HS team as well as being what some consider a candidate for the closing pitcher role. His team has a year round practice/game routine that they just completed and are now ready to play their first season opener this week. Part of their off season routine was to do a fair amount of weightlifting a couple times a week, right up until two weeks ago.
Here's my situation; Two weeks ago, the field practice was called off due to rain. Instead the Coach decided to have them go into the gym and workout and test their "Max" lifts. One of the lifts they had to perform was the "power clean". My son is 165 lbs and was attempting to lift 195lbs for max. In the process of attempting to complete this lift he ended up seriously injuring a ligament in his hand. He can no longer grip a bat without experiencing intense pain when he swings. We've seen a hand specialist, and have had an MRI done as recent as yesterday. We're still trying to find a way to reduce the pain.
My Questions: Why would a strength coach have a baseball player doing "power cleans". - What is the benefit? - Why would you do this sort of "max lift" two weeks before opening day? - What articles are out there that address Weight Training and Baseball, that I can read, so as to understand WHY? It doesn't make sense to me.
Bottom Line: my son is now hurt bad enough, that they have to DH for him. For how long.. we won't know till we find a treatment. He is emotionally distraught for fear that these colleges that are recruiting him will now turn away.
Consequences: If this sort of weightlifting exercise is deemed inappropriate for this time of season, or for the sport, how do I handle it with his coach and strength coach?
Any input is appreciated. Thanks!
Coach Mark Przybylak