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Plyometric ankle jumps, also called “ankling” are designed to increase strength in the muscles of the anterior shin, minimize ground contact time and activate the stretch reflex in the muscles of the calf and ankle to increase strength, speed and power when performing linear and lateral movements. Because we are...

The procedures for helping athletes prepare to train, practice and compete have changed significantly over the last decade. The decade started with “authorities” recommending that players perform static stretches prior to activity. From there it advanced to dynamic warm-up, movement preparation and self-myofascial...

The Professional Baseball Strength and Conditioning Society has named Matt C. Krause of the Cincinnati Reds as the 2013 recipient of the Nolan Ryan Award. The Award, named after Hall of Fame pitcher, Nolan Ryan, is the most prestigious award that the PBSCCS gives. The award honors the “outstanding Strength and...

2013 Membership & Continuing Ed Receipt

Suspension trainers, such as the TRX, are versatile pieces of equipment that allow you to position your body so that it works against the force of gravity in a variety of movement patterns to improve strength, joint integrity and core conditioning. Because they utilize body weight as the main form of resistance, they...

Most coaches use a battery of tests to evaluate the status of their athletes and determine areas of strength and weakness. Tests such as the vertical jump, broad jump, pro agility shuttle and 40-yard dash are often used when testing athletes in a variety of sports. While many coaches are content with the quantitative...

Post-workout meals and snacks are essential if you’re working out every day. Make sure to eat something as soon as possible after workouts, because your snacks and meals provide the nutrients needed for muscle rebuilding and recovery. The sooner you start the building and recovery process the better. A recovery...

Luis is a 21 year old catcher from Venezuela with a limited grasp of the English language, let alone familiarity with American slang and culture. Sam is a 19 year old shortstop from the Bronx, NY. He grew up in a tough neighborhood, helped his mother raise two younger brothers, and has all the tools to be successful...

The following exercise was recommended by Vern Gambetta. I have used it with good success, first with the Mets and currently with the Rangers. This exercise has three movement sequences that emphasize the loading and unloading of the hips and hamstrings in the sagittal, frontal and transverse plane. It can be used as...

Sliding Leg Curls

The sliding leg curl is a good, closed chain, hip dominant exercise that simultaneously works the muscles involved in knee flexion and hip extension, increases strength and improves coordination among the muscles of the posterior chain. This is a complex and extremely functional exercise when performed correctly in...