Professional Baseball Strength & Conditioning

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Effective Training Using the Vertimax By Loren Landow, CSCS, MAT Specialist, USAW The Vertimax is an excellent training tool for developing strength, speed and power. The standard unit consists of a platform with a maze of tension wound elastomers designed to increase resistance and speed of movement. Units come with...

Carbohydrates: Why are they so confusing? By Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD Carbohydrates seem to be a source of confusion for athletes and fitness exercisers alike. Due to the Paleo Diet, Grain Brain, Wheat Belly, and other trendy diet books, many active people don’t know what to eat. They just think they should avoid...

Side Lying Bridge Clam By Brian Schiff, PT, OCS, CSCS, Weakness in the gluteus maximus and gluteus medius is often cited in contributing to patellofemoral pain, IT band problems, hip pathology and even back pain.  Side bridges (planks) and the clam exercise have been shown to be effective ways to strengthen the...

Mentorship Lessons By Adam Ross, MSEd, RSCC The development of a strength and conditioning professional goes far beyond just possessing the knowledge needed to utilize the principles and theories of training in the design and implementation of effective training programs. Proficient and efficient programming requires...

Improving Hip Internal Rotation Strength By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E Much has been written about the importance of hip internal rotation strength and range of motion for injury prevention and performance enhancement. We know, for example, that individuals who have deficiencies in strength and/or range of motion in...

The Problem: Treating a compound fracture conservatively with a Band-Aid instead of just putting him on the operating table and getting to the heart of the matter. The Band-Aid Coach: “Player A can’t squat! I guess we’ll remove squats from his program.” The Surgery Coach: “Player A can’t squat! Let’s...

Why Grip Strength? Jose Vazquez, PT, CSCS and Gene Coleman, Ed. D. RSCC*E Grip strength has been an integral part of conditioning for baseball for decades. Why? Because years of practical experience and scientific research indicate that grip strength can have a significant effect on offensive performance in...

How Good Do You Want to Be? By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E, FACSM There is no doubt that deliberate, directed practice will give you a chance to get better. But you still have to have the tools. A plow horse can’t win the Kentucky Derby, but it can become a faster plow horse through proper training. Training endless...

HEALTHY BREAKFAST ON-THE-GO by Roberta Anding, RD You’ve heard it said many times before, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Breakfast does more than simply provide the day’s first dose of energy (calories). It also kick-starts your metabolism, helps regulate your weight and supercharges your...

WHAT: Tomorrow is the first day of Dodgers Youth Baseball Camp presented by Kaiser Permanente. One hundred thirty-seven campers will attend and all proceeds will benefit the Dodgers Dream Foundation. Twenty campers from El Centro Del Pueblo, a community service agency that provides social services to the youth and...