Will lifting weights hurt my throwing motion?

Weight lifting should not hurt your throwing motion if implemented correctly. Lifting with incorrect technique, too much frequency, or neglecting other sports performance measures that maintain a balanced structure and skill set (for example, not incorporating flexibility or putting too much emphasis on single-muscles and not others) can definitely impede throwing mechanics. Incorrect lifting can lead to learning bad technique habits and put undo stress on joints and/or muscles surrounding your shoulder that are not capable of bearing such duress. When this happens, dynamic motions like throwing will be inhibited and could lead to injury. If you are lifting weights incorrectly, you can potentially gain too much muscle mass too soon, or not spend enough time keeping your dynamic skills fluid, then lifting weights will have a negative effect on your performance - possibly taking the "snap" out of your throwing motion.

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