The Wave Method originated from a set of problems. With each problem arose a question and then a search for an answer. Essentially, I wanted to understand why what I was being taught was not aligning with what I believed should happen. In short...it didn't make sense. It didn't add up. Something was not right and I wanted answers.
Over the many years of playing baseball and reaching as high as AAA with the San Diego Padres, I learned many things. However, to be one phone call away from the Big Leagues and feeling the let down of a torn rotator cuff, which ended my career, I was determined to understand what caused this injury to happen and how I could prevent it from happening in the future.
I consider myself an intelligent person and feel that I am very skilled in understanding, retaining, and reproducing information (especially in a shorter duration than most). I scored a 143 on an IQ test at a young age. But those scores only reinforced what I always believed and knew. That I wasn't a total idiot. Haha.
Although I made mistakes and got into my fair share of trouble and misfortune; I learned from my experiences and always thought to myself "How can this be better." "How can I do, react, approach, perform better than the last time?"
Constantly I would strive to improve, yet I reached the wall many times. I nearly reached the summit of my dream just to fall all the way back down and into a bigger hole than before.
Here is what made sense to me:
I knew I was good enough and had the make up. Work ethic, strength, all of the attributes were there. I trained all of the stuff I THOUGHT was important and all of the stuff other people told me was important. But I could not figure out why I broke down.
After many experiments and self evaluations I came to the conclusion that the reason I broke down was not because of all the things that MADE sense. But because I was mechanically inefficient. More importantly I had not yet found my faith in God.
When I played I consciously used from the chest up to throw a baseball. I did not understand nor was I taught how to use my legs and torso "properly" to aid in the mechanical motion. So in comparison to someone who uses %100 of their body to throw, I was using less than a 1/3 of my body to perform. I negated the main power generating sources for velocity which are the legs, hips, and torso. That's a big deal!
In my mind I thought "If I can reach these above average velocities form my arm angle while only using less than a third of my body....what is my potential when I activate the rest of my body?"
Unfortunately I will never truly be able to tell you as I received surgery which will always somewhat belittle the highest potential velocity one can achieve. This is because the body is no longer in it's original and natrural state. It is repaired.
The counter is that the body might move better than the original but the percentages and data show a very small percentage of that occurring. But the possibility is still there.
After my first pro season and 6 weeks into my second season I received rotator cuff surgery.
The 3 words a manager and player never wants to hear is "Rotator Cuff Surgery"
The reason for this is because the chances of that player coming back are less than 50 percent.
In comparison to Tommy John: Tommy John, on average-not always, has a recovery period of 12-14 month for full recovery and velocity. Rotator Cuff is approximately 3 years for full recovery and velocity - by that time, my window of opportunity would have closed.
It has been nearly 4 years since my surgery July 23, 2013 (best birthday present I thought). I liked knowing that I was going to be fixed. Another excuse I could check off from why I was under performing. For those of you who have experienced surgery...especially rotator cuff...my heart goes out to you. I have the deepest respect for someone who has come back from an injury to keep their playing days alive. Injury, surgery especially, is a nightmare to say the least. You wake up everyday living a nightmare. You cannot escape your current situation and each day feels longer than the next. I felt like I aged 40 years after my surgery. I felt it would never end. If you have had surgery and feel its over do not give up just yet. I truly believe that if The Wave Method were around in 2013, I would be on the mound again. Though my playing time is over, it is my mission to prevent further injuries like mine as well as get rehabbing players back in the game again. It is POSSIBLE!
The moral of the story is that no matter how much weight you put up, no matter how talented and skilled you are, if you do not have a proper foundation of your mechanical process and understand how and why it works you will never reach your full potential. Further more, without proper mechanics you have a higher percentage of playing less with more pain. And you'll keep searching for the next workout program to take you to the next level. Spending your time and money on velocity programs that only put you at a higher risk of injury. I beg you DO NOT look for answers in the gym or with weights. God gave you all the tools you need when you were born. Your body is the answer. The Wave Method will show you how to use it properly. Then, once you have a solid mechanical foundation, you can decide if the weight training programs and velocity programs are right for you as implementing them with proper mechanics will take you to a higher level of performance.
You should not expect to get the most out of your body with any program if your technique is not properly trained. If your technique is poor then it is just a matter of time before you break.
Don't be like everyone else.
Come join the experience and feel your true power of The Wave Method.