Static stretching only does so much and if you don’t have the cash to see a massage therapist, well, what do you do? You can use the Foam Roller, but Foam Rollers are tough to get the leverage you need on the upper extremity.
Try rolling your arm on a 45 lb Olympic Bar. Hit the Triceps, Biceps and Forearm musculature to loosen up that tissue. This is great for pitchers pre or post workout/throwing session or for any position player who feels tightness around the elbow and shoulder.
Remember, muscles cross joints to make the skeletal system move! If those muscles tighten up, your elbow joint will become stiff and lose range of motion, and if this happens, throwing mechanics may be altered, resulting in possible injury. No better way then to “Mash Up” those structures around the elbow joint freeing it up for better range of motion and reduce potential injury!
Go until you make a change! If you feel like your really loosening up that tissue, then it’s okay to stop. If you feel like you haven’t made any changes to your tissue and still feel crappy and tight, continue rolling!