Posts by: Tim Rodmaker

Al Sandoval, the 2010 and 2012 Texas League Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year, just completed his 12th year in the strength and conditioning field and his 11th season in professional baseball. Al is currently the AAA Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Round Rock Express, the Texas Rangers Texas League...

“It’s strange to me too, but we’re talking about practice man, we’re not even talking about the game…the actual game, when it matters…We’re talking about practice. We’re sitting here, I’m supposed to be the franchise player, and we’re in here talking about practice.” – Allen Iverson 2001. Some...

In the past, I have discussed the importance of using elastic resistance to promote gluteal strength. Weakness in the gluteus maximus and gluteus medius is often cited as contributing to patellofemoral pain, IT band problems, hip pathology and even back pain. Furthermore, activating the glutes and minimizing tensor...

As a high-performance athlete, you’ve chosen a career where taking care of your body is your job. When you are training and competing full time, there are several physiological consequences that occur as a result of hard exercise. A sound recovery nutrition protocol will ensure you can optimize training adaptations...

I have a lot of pet peeves when it comes to young athletes in their training and competitive efforts. For example, it drives me crazy to see athletes not prepare themselves fully for a practice session (but you can’t do that in a competition!). Or, young athletes standing around and chatting it up before drills (no...

I have a challenge I would like to put out to everyone. I truly believe this challenge will make you better. Every time you pick up your phone to spend time on social media – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, etc., stop at that exact moment and do something that will help you improve instead. Then,...

Several epidemiologic reports on injury rates in MLB have been published in recent years. Each of these has provided valuable information on specific injuries to MLB players, such as the frequency of injuries to the shoulder, elbow, knee, back, etc., but none have addressed specific injury rates among minor league...

Professional, collegiate, high school and youth league coaches and parents may know a lot about USA Baseball, but there is also a great deal of information that they may not know. Most may know, for example, that USA Baseball is the National Governing Body for amateur baseball in the United States. We represent the...

Ty Hill just completed his 21 st year working in the field of strength and conditioning and his 21 st year in professional baseball including the last seven (2012-2018) as the Major League Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Miami Marlins. Hill’s career in professional baseball started in 1998 with his hometown...

On a baseball field, deep in the South American countryside, lies a place where MLB hopes to discover a new talent pool in its effort to expand the game. This is not the Dominican or Venezuelan power houses that initially come to mind, but Brazil, a country previously only thought of for its world-renowned soccer. It...