Posts by: Tim Rodmaker

I am often witness to coaches carrying out their training sessions and preparatory camps for various sports. The coaches have a practice plan and, invariably, an ambitious schedule for what they want to accomplish in a session, day or week. There are always injuries. It is inevitable. Some are accidental (i.e. getting...

Does What You Eat Make a Difference to Exercise Recovery? Exercise recovery is one of the most important components of athletic performance. From a sports nutrition perspective, recovery provides time for the body to fuel up while it cools down. Recovery nutrition allows for: Expedited muscle glycogen...

  Pictured L to R, Strickland, Abell, Tressel 2017 MiLB Strength Coach of the Year Award was presented to all winners during the Professional Baseball Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society Winter Meetings in Orlando, Florida on December 9th.  In attendance to receive their award was Trey Strickland (Midwest...

While we are long over the concept of “No pain – No gain”, there are a lot of athletes who aren’t achieving maximal performance or making the progress that they need to because they don’t fully understand the difference between pain and discomfort. Pain is your body’s way of letting us know that there is a...

Medicine Ball Drill for Hitters.

The obvious answer is to get better. But the real question is, to get better at what? When I ask players “what do you want to improve upon?” Most of them give a generic answer like velocity, or command, or my mechanics. Then I probe a little further and realize that what they all really want is to move better. They want...

Anthony Velazquez, the 2016 and 2017 Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year, just completed his 6th year in the strength and conditioning field and his 5th season in professional baseball. Anthony is currently the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Trenton Thunder, the New York Yankees Eastern...

“The Kettlebell is an Ancient Russian Weapon Against Weakness” – Pavel. The father of everything kettlebells has shed a tremendous amount of light on such a great tool that can be used in multiple ways to help positively impact player performance. The Russian Style Kettlebell Swing is one of the most commonly...

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet only one-third of us actually make the time to eat it. While working with athletes on a daily basis, I hear all kinds of excuses: “I’m too tired to chew, I can’t eat in the morning, there’s no food around, if I eat before working out I’ll get sick, I don’t...

Click below to read the latest publication of Performance Conditioning.  Covering topics such as; Healthy Shoulder, Sprint Mechanics, and Recovery. Performance Conditioning Baseball/Softball Volume 16, Number 6