Posts by: Tim Rodmaker

In 2011, there were 50 oblique injuries among MLB players and these players spent a total of 1,604 days on the DL. The average stay was 35 days for pitchers and 28 days for position players. The total cost of these 50 injuries (salaries paid to injured players plus salaries paid to players who replaced them) was more...

Immediately post surgery  Eat whatever feels appetizing and appealing to you for the first 1-2 days post surgery. You will most likely feel nauseated and not have a large appetite. Drink your calories if that is easiest – 100% fruit juice, Muscle Milk shakes, soda, or PowerAde. Try to eat something small every few...

Speed is a key factor for success in most sports. In baseball, it is the only physical tool that is used on both offense and defense and is an essential quality that can keep a good player from becoming great. The key to improving speed is intensity of effort. Some authorities believe that when you train at speeds...

Johnny Martinez is up at the plate working an 11-pitch count, game is tied, 8th inning, two outs, runners in scoring position. Johnny stays true to his routine, fouling pitch after pitch off, keeping the AB alive. He steps out of the box, looks at his coach, then at his focal point, takes a deep cleansing breath, the...

Lee Tressel, the two-time Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year, just completed his 11th year in the strength and conditioning field all in professional baseball, and all with the Yankees. Lee earned his first MiLB Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year Award in 2012 while working with...

The 300-yard shuttle run can be used as a maximum effort anaerobic test or training tool for multi-sprint athletes like baseball, football, basketball, soccer, etc. Among baseball players, it is often used as a pre-test during the first week of spring training to measure anaerobic capacity, i.e., the maximal rate of...

The Valslide is an inexpensive, portable and effective training tool for improving strength, stability and range of motion in many of the movement patterns used in sports. The purpose of this post is to describe a Valslide exercise that can be used to increase strength, improve stability and enhance range of motion in...

The National Strength and Conditioning Association recently announced that Matthew Krause, Director of Strength and Conditioning for the New York Yankees, was selected as the NSCA’s Professional Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year for 2018. Coach Krause is the fifth recipient of this award, which has been...

The human body is often considered to be a three-link chain: 1) lower body; 2) core; and 3) upper body. In baseball, force is in initiated in the hips and legs and then transferred through the core to the shoulders, arms and hands where it is applied to the bat or ball. We know that a chain is only as strong as its...

Sand running is an effective training tool for improving strength, speed, agility and balance. The unstable surface adds resistance between your feet and the ground, requiring greater proprioception and stabilization with every step. Athletes can benefit from sand training because the added challenge of running with...