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Carbohydrates seem to be a source of confusion for athletes and fitness exercisers alike. Due to the Paleo Diet, Grain Brain, Wheat Belly, and other trendy diet books, many active people don’t know what to eat. They just think they should avoid pasta, bagels, juice, bananas and sugar – even if these foods are...

Weakness in the gluteus maximus and gluteus medius is often cited in contributing to patellofemoral pain, IT band problems, hip pathology and even back pain.  Side bridges (planks) and the clam exercise have been shown to be effective ways to strengthen the glutes.  In this posting, I will review an exercise that...

Matt Krause and Sean Marohn were selected by MLB to serve as American and National League strength and conditioning coaches, respectively for the 2015 All-Star Game at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. Krause, who worked in the Reds organization for eleven years, is in his second season as the Director...

Name:  Paul Fournier Or­ga­ni­za­tion:  Philadelphia Phillies Title: Major League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Years work­ing in pro­fes­sional base­ball S&C:  Seventeen plus. Started with Montreal Expos in 1995-1996 as minor league athletic trainer. Served as the rehabilitation and strength and...

The development of a strength and conditioning professional goes far beyond just possessing the knowledge needed to utilize the principles and theories of training in the design and implementation of effective training programs. Proficient and efficient programming requires coaching. In each strength coach’s...

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...