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Dr Spinner's Top Tips for Hitting A Home Run

Most things are easier said than done. Hitting a home run is no different. There are two key aspects when trying to become a Yankee superstar. Firstly, you need to hit the sweet spot -  and secondly, you need to hit it hard. Hitting the right spot is achieved by the movements I’m going to outline below. The great thing is, good technique will inadvertently make you hit the ball harder as well. By following these instructions, you won’t waste energy, and your entire swing will focus your power on the bat.


Get Comfortable

Identify if you feel more comfortable with a narrow or wide stance when getting into position. Your knees should be inside your feet and you should be looking at the pitcher (who is about to get a shock when you smash his ball out the park). Your feet and body should be facing away from the pitcher at a perpendicular angle, with your head turned facing the pitcher.

Negative Mode

Next, we go into the Negative Move. As the ball approaches and you begin your swing, load your weight onto the back foot (remembering to keep the knees inside the feet). The bat should be slightly behind but parallel with the shoulder. As the ball approaches, you want to dip into negative mode before shifting your weight forward.


Spin the Back Toe

Now we shift our weight onto the toe of the foot. As the ball approaches get onto the toe of your front foot releasing the weight from your back foot. Your weight should be shifting from back to front. As your front heel goes down your back knee should start to turn – ending with the laces pointed toward the pitcher. You should be doing this alongside the bat movement. 

The batters laces are facing the pitcher.

The batters laces are facing the pitcher.

The Journey Begins

The bat should find itself coming from that starting position (parallel to shoulder), through the body motion, and hitting the ball with the shortest distance traveled from the starting position. All of your energy should be focused on shifting power through this small point. With practice, your feet, torso, and “third arm” will all move in harmony making for a high-intensity swing that pumps all your power into that one little point between your bat and the pitcher's ball. 


Following Through

Once the ball is hit, the journey isn’t over. You need to continue to bring the bat around and end with it behind the front shoulder. Following through is key in all sports – from baseball – to soccer – to football. Any motion that requires maximum power (like a free kick in soccer) requires the player to follow through with their foot (or whichever limb). This allows the player to exert all their power through the ball.


Start Slow

All good things take time. Get the technique right before you exert all your force into a shot. Slowly build up using power in your shot so that your body has the correct mechanics and muscle memory. Hitting a home run requires patience both during a game and in training. After some practice, you will master the solid path to the baseball.  

Practice Practice Practice

Batting is difficult because it requires your whole body to synchronize and rally its effort through a foreign object – i.e. the baseball bat – which becomes an extension of the body. Ensuring the upper body and lower body works together is key to hitting a home run. 

Practice is the key to learning how to shift your weight with the upper body movement while the ball flies toward you. There are three things going on, it’s a lot to take in. As you repeat the motion again and again, your body begins to remember how it should behave without you telling it what to do and your swing becomes second nature. Your knees know to not step outside the feet without you thinking about it and you won’t overshoot your back foot's twist. When you do all these things without thinking, you’re on the money.


How To Cope With Spinal Cord Injury Pain

Using A Dorsal Column Stimulation For Spinal Cord Injury Associated Pain


Back pain is extremely common, it affects most people; fortunately, it usually goes away on its own accord after around six to twelve months. But for some people, chronic back pain is a lifelong struggle, and severely hinders lifestyle choices. We have a solution, one that means you will no longer wake up and realize you will not be able to attend your kids band rehearsal, make that perfect that golf swing, or make a coffee appointment with an old friend. With Dorsal Column Stimulation (DCS), we can squash these problems for you. Say hello to your new life.

DCS is a neurostimulation transmitter that works by intercepting nerve endings’ pain signals before they reach the brain. In more simple terms, pain originates in transmitted signals from nerve endings that pass up your spinal column - DCS intercepts these signals and transposes them. The brain receives a more pleasant signal in lieu of pain. Patients describe this feeling as a gentle massaging, and others as the absence of pain.  


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The minimally invasive surgery works firstly by making a small incision in you back, and placing the medical wires (leads) that deliver stimulation into the epidural space of your spinal cord. The second incision creates a tiny pocket under the skin that is large enough to hold the neurostimulator. Finally, the physician will connect the leads to the neurotransmitter. The parts are designed to work together to manage pain, and come with chargeable and non-chargeable batteries, usually placed inside the buttock or abdomen. You will be handed a small handheld device to give you full control over the pain signals, and allow you to manipulate the sensation. And with this, the surgery is complete; and you can begin planning your new life.

During the first few months, it is advised to not lift heavy objects, involve yourself in physical activity – or any movements that involve twisting, climbing, bending etc. You should look at this  as a recovery time, or better still, a space to plan your new life. Most patients report that their lives have never been better.

DCS has helped thousands reclaim their lives.

Dr Spinner can perform the surgery at Mount Sinai, NYC. With all that has been said, only your doctor can tell you if it right for you. There are some conditions where this surgery will not work. If you wish to see Dr Spinner, or would like to learn more, please contact our switch board at: (212) 724-6362


Dr David Spinner, Mount Sinai

Dr David Spinner, Mount Sinai