Trevor Bauer | How to Speed Up Muscle Recovery After Pitching
On Episode 24 of “Tips with Trev”, Cy Young Award winner and All-Star pitcher, Trevor Bauer, gets into the topic of post-throwing recovery. There are a lot of ways to improve recovery, but one of his favorite tools to use is Marc Pro.
Trevor bought his own device in 2012. This video was not sponsored or initiated by Marc Pro. It was developed by Trevor to share information about a tool that he believes in and thinks could be beneficial for players who are trying to develop their game. We came across this video and wanted to share it with others who could find it helpful in bettering their own performance and recovery.
“I would highly recommend it if you’re serious about baseball and serious about training and serious about your health, make the investment.”
How it Works
When you workout, there’s a lot going on within your body; chemical reactions are occurring, your muscles are breaking down, and you’re becoming more and more fatigued. These conditions signal to your body to begin the recovery process.
Marc Pro aids in facilitating and speeding the body’s natural recovery process. By creating non-fatiguing muscle contractions, Marc Pro provides a lymphatic flush, while simultaneously delivering blood and other essential nutrients to damaged areas. Basically, Marc Pro gets rid of the bad stuff and brings in the good stuff. At the same time, it also facilitates the release of myokines and optimally remodels the tissue once it’s been repaired.
Why Use Marc Pro for Pitching Recovery?
To kickstart your body’s recovery process, you can use other active recovery methods, such as going for a light run. But, the problems with that are 1) the movement is not targeted to your arms and 2) you’ll get fatigued after a relatively short period of time. If you’re able to swim, that will help with the targeting issue, but then again who has a pool handy at all times?
Marc Pro is a passive recovery tool, meaning you can use it while you’re relaxing or traveling between games. It doesn’t require any extra effort and it won’t tire you out. After pitching, Trevor Bauer wears it for 1-3 hours, sometimes even overnight. Even though Trevor has been using Marc Pro since 2012, in the last 3-4 years he’s adopted a new protocol – using the device in between innings. Players have found that when you use Marc Pro in between innings you’re less sore after the game and you’re able to maintain your velocity deeper into the game.
Now days, Trevor uses the device during and after the game to ensure his body is fresh and ready to go for the next outing. For athletes who are on a high intensity and high volume training program, it’s particularly important to take care of your recovery. Your body can only handle so much wear and tear.
“It allows me to train harder, more often, which allows me to get closer to game levels, and practice skills that I would be using in game – at game intensities.”
How Trevor Bauer Uses Marc Pro
With high intensities and exceedingly repetitive motions, arm care is essential for baseball players. Most baseball players choose to use Marc Pro on their elbows and shoulders, but you can use it on any muscle group that’s tired and sore. Below are the pad placements that Trevor Bauer typically uses to recover in between innings and after the game.
In the Dugout:
For convenience and time purposes, the elbow is the easiest spot to target when using Marc Pro in the dugout. Trevor places a pad on his inner elbow, outer elbow, forearm, and bicep. Once the inning is over, he takes the pads off and goes back out to pitch. Keep in mind this protocol does require a little bit of extra time (15-20 seconds), which means fewer throws on the mound, but for him it’s worth it since he feels a lot better throughout the game and doesn’t get nearly as sore.
After the Game:
Shoulder recovery is a big one for baseball players. During the game, it’s hard to reach the shoulder when there’s a jersey and sweat in the way. But, once you have the opportunity, using Marc Pro on your shoulder will provide some amazing effects. Sometimes, Trevor even uses it on his legs if he had a long outing and his legs are feeling worn down. Wherever you feel sore or tired, there’s likely a Marc Pro pad placement for it.
“I noticed a big jump when I started using it in how sore I was the next day. I was way less sore. I feel fresh throughout the game and I know I’m doing what I can to help my body recover.”
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