Posts by: Tim Rodmaker

Hot off the press is the latest issue of Performance Conditioning Baseball/Softball.  Inside you’ll find Devising a Master Plan, Softball Conditioning Ideal vs. Reality, Resting Heart Rate Variability Among Starting Pitchers, and more!   Performance Conditioning Baseball/Softball Volume 16, Number 4      

When I became the strength and conditioning coach for the Houston Astros in 1978, one of the primary concerns of the front office, manager, coaching staff, athletic trainer and some players was “will lifting weights cause muscular fatigue and have a negative effect on position players’ offensive...

Combining Ankle Bands and Ladder Drill to improve footwork, hips, and focus.

There are a number of things that each organization in MLB could do to help improve the health, fitness, athleticism and performance of their most important commodity, the players. First, there should be a full-time, certified strength and conditioning coach at every level of professional baseball. As part an...

In children and adolescents the bones are still growing. The growth plates are made of cartilage and are actively producing more bone. The growth plates are the weakest part of the elbow, and the UCL and flexor tendon attach to a bump of bone immediately adjacent to one of the main growth plates on the inner side of...

Joe Kessler just completed his 14th year working in the field of strength and conditioning and his 9th year in professional baseball including the last seven (2010-2016) as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Cleveland Indians. Prior to being named the Tribes’ Head of Strength and Conditioning in 2010,...

It has been well-documented in the scientific literature and through years of practical experience that a strong posterior chain is essential for successful, injury free performance in all sports. Research has also shown that there are numerous exercises with which to effectively train the posterior chain, each with a...

ORGANIZATION: Seattle Mariners JOB TITLE: Performance Technology Intern JOB DESCRIPTION & RESPONSIBILITIES: Collecting and organizing data within Seattle Mariners Strength and Conditioning Department. Generate reports team to team and player to player at the Minor League level. Implementation and data collection of new...

Check out the latest issue of Performance Conditioning Baseball/Softball and stay up to date on current training!   Performance Conditioning Baseball/Softball Vol. 16, Issue 3

Mobility Maker, Dana Santas, leads a restorative hamstring stretch.