FlexPro Grip Inks Its Initial Pro Deal With MLB’s Padres – SportTechie

FlexPro Grip Inks Its Initial Pro Deal With MLB’s Padres

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Joe Lemire
September 14, 2021

FlexPro Grip, a grip-training device that isolates and strengthens protective muscles in a user’s forearm, has signed the San Diego Padres as its first professional team partner.

The FlexPro Grip product, which combines an exoskeleton-looking glove with a training app, trains the wearer’s muscles and tendons from the fingertips to the elbow, including the three forearm muscles that help alleviate the load placed on the ulnar collateral ligament. UCL tears are repaired through the procedure widely known as Tommy John surgery, which typically requires a yearlong rehab process.

Force production by each finger is quantified by FlexPro Grip, and the product has the potential not only to prevent injury but also improve performance, by increasing pitchers’ velocity or even helping them emphasize spin rate and direction.

“We are impressed with the excellence and passion of co-founders Daryl and Adam Moreau and the work their team put into the creation of this device,” Padres VP and assistant general manager Josh Stein said in a statement. “It addresses a real problem area in our game and we are excited to work with FlexPro Grip in the early stages of development of their technology to produce better outcomes for baseball pitchers.

The first public availability for FlexPro Grip is expected in 2022.

Padres pitchers have particularly been plagued by elbow and forearm injuries over the past 12 months, with Mike Clevinger, Adrian Morejon, Drew Pomeranz, Javvy Guerra, Trey Wingenter, Dan Altavilla, Jacob Nix, Keone Kela and Michel Baez all currently on their disabled list. More recently during their current pennant race, two of the team’s top young arms, Chris Paddack and Dinelson Lamet, have dealt with elbow/forearm discomfort. 

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