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Much has been written about the importance of hip internal rotation strength and range of motion for injury prevention and performance enhancement. We know, for example, that individuals who have deficiencies in strength and/or range of motion in this movement have a greater risk of low back pain. We also know that...

The Problem: Treating a compound fracture conservatively with a Band-Aid instead of just putting him on the operating table and getting to the heart of the matter. The Band-Aid Coach: “Player A can’t squat! I guess we’ll remove squats from his program.” The Surgery Coach: “Player A can’t squat! Let’s...

Grip strength has been an integral part of conditioning for baseball for decades. Why? Because years of practical experience and scientific research indicate that grip strength can have a significant effect on offensive performance in professional baseball players. In a study published in the Journal of Strength and...

There is no doubt that deliberate, directed practice will give you a chance to get better. But you still have to have the tools. A plow horse can’t win the Kentucky Derby, but it can become a faster plow horse through proper training. Training endless hours, however, is not the answer.  It can be part of the answer,...

By Roberta Anding, RD is the Sports Nutritionist, Houston Astros and Houston Texans You’ve heard it said many times before, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Breakfast does more than simply provide the day’s first dose of energy (calories). It also kick-starts your metabolism, helps regulate...

WHAT: Tomorrow is the first day of Dodgers Youth Baseball Camp presented by Kaiser Permanente. One hundred thirty-seven campers will attend and all proceeds will benefit the Dodgers Dream Foundation. Twenty campers from El Centro Del Pueblo, a community service agency that provides social services to the youth and...

The use of energy drinks in professional, college and high school clubhouses and dressing rooms continues to rise. While their popularity soars, it’s important to point out that energy drinks and other quick energy products could have a negative effect on both your performance and health. While some energy drinks are...

The Fueling and Hydration Game Plan presented below was developed by Leslie Bonci, certified specialists of sports dietetics who has worked with the Pittsburg Steelers, Pittsburg Penguins, Pittsburg Pirates, Milwaukee Brewers, Washington Nationals, Toronto Blue Jays, University of Pittsburg, The University of Texas at...

A couple of threads on the StrengthCoach.com forum got me thinking about the question of foot speed and athletes. I can’t tell you how often I hear a parent or a coach ask, “How can I improve my son’s/daughter’s/ athlete’s foot speed or agility?” It seems everyone always wants the shortcut and the quick fix. The better...

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