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EAU CLAIRE — Spring training should begin now for area baseball and softball pitchers, recommends a certified pitching instructor at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

Physical therapist and licensed athletic trainer Mike Ramaeker will conduct a free presentation showing baseball and softball pitchers how to improve their throwing mechanics and velocity. The presentation will be held in the auditorium at Mayo Clinic Health System (1221 Whipple Street, Eau Claire) at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25.

Guests should park in the free parking ramp on the corner of Whipple and Fulton streets and proceed to the hospital’s lower-level auditorium.

After the presentation, attendees may sign up to attend a pitching clinic, providing individualized video assessment for baseball and softball pitchers ages 12 and older. The individual sessions will take place on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 1400 Bellinger Street, Eau Claire. Pitchers may register for a 45-minute session between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m., or between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

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“Now is the time to correct any flaws or work on any strength or flexibility deficiencies to be ready for the spring season,” said Ramaeker, a certified pitching coach by the National Pitching Association.

Athletes will receive a functional movement assessment, video analysis and individualized exercise plan. The cost is $50. Parents must be present or sign a waiver for athletes younger than 18 years old.

Call 715-838-6190 to sign up for a session or for more information about the presentation or the pitching clinic.

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