The First Responder Resistance Tubing was designed to activate and strengthen muscles on the inside of the elbow and for pronation neuromuscular re-education drills to protect the Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL). The UCL is also known as the ‘Tommy John Ligament’.
The device can be used to provide mild resistance through arm pronation and shoulder internal rotation. Its design allows for a weighted ball to be held in a throwing grip strengthening finger and wrist flexors in addition to those muscles protecting the UCL. First Responder exercises can also assist in developing/reinforcing proper movement for eccentric control of the bicep muscle while pronating the forearm to prevent forearm supination.
The following video is courtesy of Randy Sullivan from ‘The ARMory Power Pitching Academy (http://armorypitching.com/) and explains their use of the TAP First Responder Tubing.
More information regarding the Armory ‘First Responder protocol can be found at https://armorypitching.com/product/first-responder-protocol/.
The First Responder consists of resistance tubing with two adjustable finger cuffs for index and middle finger. Available in two resistance levels: Green – typically used by pre-adolescent athletes and those in rehab; Blue – typically used by athletes with muscle definition. Instruction for use not included.
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