What is P. I. T. C. H.?

P. I. T. C. H. stands for Pitching Instruction, Training and Conditioning, and Healthcare for the baseball pitcher.

Purpose of P. I. T. C. H.

Baseball pitching injuries are rampant and are approaching epidemic levels. The number one underlying factor for pitching injuries is fatigue. Pitching while fatigued has been shown by the American Sports Medicine Institute to increase injury rates by 36%. Fatigue leads to mechanical breakdown which in turns causes pitchers to compensate when delivering the ball. Compensation simply causes stress to increase at the shoulder and elbow of the pitcher.


Although P. I. T. C. H. incorporates pitching instruction, training and conditioning of the baseball pitcher is at the core of its essence. A healthcare approach is used to assess the pitcher’s physical readiness and preparedness to generate, control, and ultimately deliver energy into the baseball.


The P. I. T. C. H. program is unique in that it is a performance program that utilizes a medical model to decrease injury rates.





History of P. I. T. C. H.

P. I. T. C. H. was created by Joe Mullins, Founder and Director of Athletic Training and Conditioning, Inc. As a collegiate pitcher Joe sustained an elbow injury that would prevent him from pursuing the dream that so many other pitchers share – playing professional baseball.


After realizing his competitive pitching days were over Joe made it his professional goal to understand, to the best of his ability, how the pitcher’s body works and what causes throwing injuries.


Throughout his professional journey in healthcare as a Certified Athletic Trainer, Joe has been motivated by the age-old saying of “If I only knew then, what I know now”. It is Joe’s professional desire to assist future generations of baseball pitchers in their pursuit of that dream.


Joe best describes his journey in this quote, I’m just a guy who lost his dream but found purpose instead. Just trying to be a student of pitching and help those who still have the dream.”



It is not uncommon for pitchers to become stiff and robotic in their deliveries which robs them of their athleticism. It is also not uncommon for pitchers to attempt to deliver a baseball at high intensities even though their bodies are simply not “fit to pitch”. Neither of these scenarios are ideal for pitchers. 

The P. I. T. C. H. program is designed to optimize athleticism in the pitcher


The P.I.T.C.H. program is a 12 week long conditioning program where baseline measurements are taken of the pitchers beginning abilities and compared to post-program abilities. During the 12 week period pitchers are progressed through mobility, stability, agility, and strength training to optimize athleticism.

Pitchers can choose the frequency of their attendance – ranging from one day per week to five days per week. A sample week would consist of mobility and stability training on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and agility and strength training on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Each session would last approximately 90 minutes.

Our next P.I.T.C.H. program is scheduled to begin on November 1, 2017




Baseline Testing Baseline Testing

Tracking of Progress During the Program Tracking of Progress During the Program


Pitching Recovery and Arm Care Program Pitching Recovery and Arm Care Program