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The second blog in the Wii Sports Warm-Ups series involves Wii Baseball, with a discussion about the muscle groups involved in playing baseball, including the muscles involved for batting and pitching. Even though Wii Baseball does not involve running around the baseball diamond, the discussion does include the leg and lower body muscles involved.
The proper pitch occurs in six stages: wind up, stride, arm-cocking, arm acceleration, arm deceleration, and follow-through. The primary muscles on either side of the upper body involved in the arm movements of batting and pitching include the following:
In order to become a consistent batter, working out the abdominal muscles is essential since batting involves a powerful twisting motion during the swing. Batters must concentrate on strengthening the following abdominal muscles:
Why is leg strength important in batting? The batter pushes off the ground with his legs prior to swinging the bat, drawing all of the energy that goes into the full swing. Developing the necessary leg strength requires strengthening the following:
Even though most of the running done by actual baseball players takes place when they run around the baseball diamond, retrieve a fly ball infield, or run after a ball outfield, people should understand how doing running drills helps increase speed and efficiency while also maximizing the potential hamstrings and quadriceps muscles.
Nintendo launched the Wii across much of the globe in 2006, starting with the United States and slowly making its way to different countries. Prepackaged with the Wii was a copy of Wii Sports. Within the first few weeks of the Wii’s launch, however, doctors and physicians began seeing a rise in Wii-related injuries and sprains (nevermind the “injuries” inflicted on television screens due to poorly secured Wii Remotes or Nunchuks). The medical field found that, unlike the strains resulting from repetitive activities such as typing or excessive video game playing on a traditional controller, the injuries were alarmingly similar to sports injuries suffered by athletes in their respective sport.
The following series of blogs focuses on how to warm up for Wii Sports, beginning with Wii Tennis. Undoubtedly, the transfer of knowledge that makes one a great Wii Tennis player does not necessarily transfer into real-life tennis. However, regular Wii Tennis players still risk suffering similar injuries as tennis players do in real life, so warming up the target muscle groups used most often by real-life tennis players will help lessen the risk.
Clicking on a muscle group or stretch method below will lead you to a YouTube video demonstrating how to warm up and stretch that particular muscle.
Target muscle groups
Whether you are playing a virtual game of tennis in Wii Sports or a real-life game, you should do the warm-ups and exercises presented in the videos above in order to prevent short- and long-term injuries that could sideline you from the game for weeks or even months.