Posts by: Tim Rodmaker

Concussions are traumatic brain injuries that are caused by a direct blow to the head or a sudden jolt that causes the head to jerk violently. Concussions, although far less common than the typical overuse injuries that we see occurring in baseball to the shoulder and elbow, they can be far more catastrophic. A recent...

Face pulls are an exercise that should be added to your upper body lifting routine in order to improve poor shoulder and thoracic positioning.  Both play a large role in posture, making the face pull a beneficial exercise in that it directly contrasts the slumped shoulder position we tend to live in everyday when...

Tim Rodmaker is beginning his 12th year working in the field of strength and conditioning and professional baseball. An internship at DePaul University, during the summer and fall of 2005, lead to his joining the White Sox as a Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coach in 2006 and has served in several capacities...

If you are like most sports enthusiasts, you are enjoying watching the Olympics. You might be watching this with your children and squeezing this “must see TV” in between basketball practice or taking your child to yet another track or softball practice. As a mom of athletic children, I can remember the...

Agility is often defined as “the ability to start, stop and change directions under control” and is essential for successful performance in team and individual sports. It is not uncommon for some coaches to have athletes perform a series of agility drills, e.g., pro agility run, T-run, 3-cone run, etc., hoping...

Hip Progressions for Coaches and Athletes.

Regardless of whether it involves opposing limbs of equal size and length, or balanced strength between both sides of the body (right vs. left and front vs. back), symmetry is nature’s preferred state. Lack of symmetry has been shown to impede physical development, increase the risk of injury, reduce performance,...

  The use of foam rollers is very common among athletes preparing their bodies for the day. Players utilize foam rollers because they are relatively easy to use and can provide instant relief from tightness and sometimes even pain. It is imperative, however, that players and coaches understand how foam rolling can be...

Introduction. A previous post by Coleman that indicated lifting weights after a MLB game tended to improve offensive performance as measured by batting average in the next game1. Given the fact that the Texas Rangers play outdoors in a hot to very hot and sometimes very humid environment, it’s not prudent to ask...

Brendon Huttmann just completed his 18th year working in the field of strength and conditioning and his 16th year in professional baseball including the last five (2012-2016) with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Huttman served as the Pirates Head Strength and Conditioning Coach from 2012-2015 before being named the Buccos’...