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    I am looking for a brace for a cather's thumb to protect from bending backwards. I have seen catchers on tv using them, but I cannto find where to purchase or get manufactured

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    Originally posted by dishinstaler
    I am looking for a brace for a cather's thumb to protect from bending backwards. I have seen catchers on tv using them, but I cannto find where to purchase or get manufactured
    Guys in pro ball and probably college as well have thumb braces made to fit their thumb. They use a material that when soaked in hot water and then rapped around the thumb dries into a cast like material. This way it is a perfect fit for the individual. Hope this helps.

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    • #3
      Just my thoughts.

      Originally posted by dishinstaler
      I am looking for a brace for a cather's thumb to protect from bending backwards. I have seen catchers on tv using them, but I cannto find where to purchase or get manufactured
      Hey how are you,
      I have been playing baseball for 15 years, the last 4-5 years I have been catching. Although the thumb brace sounds like an ideal plan for a young catcher, however, that could not be the necessary fix. I have had my share of bent thumbs, and bruised palms due to catching. There are battin type gloves out there called Palmgaurds. they are slipped on the hand, and worn under the cathers mit. They have extra paddin and support. But before all that, examine the way your catcher is holding his/her hand. Make sure that the thumb is pointing down, this way if the ball does jerk the mit back, the thumb wont bend, it will curl. That is something that goes un-noticed. Let me know how it works.
      Good luck.

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      • #4
        what materials are used and where can i get them????

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        • #5
          Originally posted by dishinstaler
          I am looking for a brace for a cather's thumb to protect from bending backwards. I have seen catchers on tv using them, but I cannto find where to purchase or get manufactured
          I have an Easton catcher's mitt with a plastic tube built right in that protects the thumb...works really well. I have no idea if something like this is still sold. My Easton is a pretty nice mitt all around.
          "I throw him four wide ones, then try to pick him off first base." - Preacher Roe on pitching to Musial

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          • #6
            Not sure where to find a thumb guard, as I haven't used one in 25 years of catching.

            However I suggest that catchers learn to catch the ball with the thumb pointed down, as expressed previously, especially on inside pitches that tend to do the jamming.

            Also, find an Akadema "Reptilian" catcher's glove and see if you like the fit on your hand. It's designed in such a way that places your thumb in a safe spot inside the mitt, and the outside thumb padding has a break / hinge, which "gives" when the ball hits and forces the ball into the pocket (most mitts have one long continuous thumb pad, so that when the tip gets hit, it bends your thumb back). I've not seen anything else like it, and wish I had one of these gloves twenty -five years ago.
            Joe Janish
            Podcast Host, Baseball Pitching: The Fix
            Founder, FixingPitchers.com

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            • #7
              I've been looking all over the net for this reptilian, but I have had no such luck. If anyone has a link I would greatly appreciate it

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              • #8
                this might help :

                http://funtasticsports.com/shop_by_p...n_catchers.htm


                Go Cocks

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by HammeRDrop
                  I've been looking all over the net for this reptilian, but I have had no such luck. If anyone has a link I would greatly appreciate it
                  Check out my site --- onbaseball.com --- there is a review of the Reptilian catcher glove and the pix link to the purchase page on Amazon.
                  Joe Janish
                  Podcast Host, Baseball Pitching: The Fix
                  Founder, FixingPitchers.com

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                  • #10
                    Found the mitt

                    Originally posted by HammeRDrop View Post
                    I've been looking all over the net for this reptilian, but I have had no such luck. If anyone has a link I would greatly appreciate it
                    I found the catcher's glove you are speaking of on this site:

                    http://www.a2zsportsdirect.com/akadema-baseball.html

                    One of the players on my select team uses it, and I'm thinking of getting one for my son, who has broken his thumb three times this season but won't wear a brace.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by catcher5 View Post
                      But before all that, examine the way your catcher is holding his/her hand. Make sure that the thumb is pointing down, this way if the ball does jerk the mit back, the thumb wont bend, it will curl. That is something that goes un-noticed. Let me know how it works.
                      Good luck.
                      I agree with checking technique. However at some point mistakes are made, you are out of position, etc. My son sprained his thumb and it caused us to do two things. First, someone here linked us to how to make a homemade brace. Sadly I've lost the link. Second, we corrected his technique.

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                      • #12
                        I believe we use thermoplast. Soak it in hot water and form it to your hand. Almost like a mouth guard. I don't like the bracing b/c it's hard to use the thumb to stick the ball. You don't have any feeling which causes the ball to pop out. However, everyone is different.

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                        • #13
                          I catch at the collegiate level now and I had that same problem, especially since these pitchers had really good sinkers and 2 seam fastballs. Some of the things I have done to correct it is you wear your catchers mitt like an outfielders glove... you put your pinky and ring finger in the last hole and move all the other fingers over... when you do this untie the thumb strap. Now when you catch the ball always keep your hand making a C towards the pitcher, and always catch the ball thinking about getting your thumb under the ball. The main thing that helped was just untieing the thumb strap. When I did this it allowed my thumb to make that C shape instead of being pushed out and down in the exact position that causes your thumb to get jammed...

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by CoachHenry View Post
                            I agree with checking technique. However at some point mistakes are made, you are out of position, etc. My son sprained his thumb and it caused us to do two things. First, someone here linked us to how to make a homemade brace. Sadly I've lost the link. Second, we corrected his technique.
                            Here is an article of how to make a hard thumb:

                            http://propitchinglessons.com/id12.html

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by HammeRDrop View Post
                              I've been looking all over the net for this reptilian, but I have had no such luck. If anyone has a link I would greatly appreciate it
                              http://www.akademapro.com/




                              the above is a Akadema APM-41 Precision Kip Series 33" Baseball Catcher's Mitt.... i think i found it for around $139.00

                              THERE are many places on the net to buy akadema gloves.

                              my son has the glove above. give it time to break in before game ready


                              drill
                              Last edited by Drill; 04-15-2008, 09:47 AM.
                              Yogi Berra was asked by a reporter "How do you catch a knuckle ball?" He came right back and said "When it stops rolling"

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