By Joe Haefner
While listening to audio interview from Complete Athlete Development between Erin Perry (Physical Therapist) and Brian Grasso (Athletic Development Trainer), they discuss young athletes using both hands equally to perform athletic tasks and why it’s a good thing.
- Shooting a basketball equally with the left hand and right hand.
- Swinging the bat from each side of the plate.
- Kicking the soccer ball with both legs.
- Hitting a hockey puck from both sides.
- Throwing a football with both hands.
They mention that this is good for injury prevention. They go on to explain that if you continually throw or shoot with one hand, it can lead to muscle imbalances. If you constantly throw with one arm, you may get a shoulder that is stronger than the other. This can lead to injuries if the child is still growing and maturing.
Watch Eli Manning warm up before a game. There is a reason he throws the football left-handed and right-handed.
Along with preventing injuries, it should create a better athlete.
Can you imagine a basketball player that can:
- Shoot with both hands equally within 15 feet.
- Dribble up and down the court flawlessly with either hand.
- Pass with either hand.
- Finish around the hoop with either hand.
I recently read an article on ESPN about a pitcher named Pat Venditte in the Yankees organization that throws with both hands. Last year he had an ERA at 0.83 which is amazing for those of you who do not know very much about baseball. He can pick whatever arm he wants to throw with based on which side the opposing hitter chooses and he can throw twice as many pitches.
Would a player have similar benefits in basketball if he could shoot with both hands?
Most coaches try to teach passing, dribbling, and finishing with both hands. If we try to teach shooting with each hand equally in addition to the other skills at young age, would it make a player that much better?
You might be thinking, “That’s crazy. I can barely get my players to shoot well with one hand.” However, it’s still worth thinking about.
What are your thoughts?