Professional Baseball Strength & Conditioning

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Thoracic Spine Range of Motion and Rotational Power By Dan Donohue, MS, RSCC – Cincinnati Reds There are multiple factors to consider when designing programs to help athletes increase rotational power during competition. One aspect that strength and conditioning coaches emphasize is thoracic spine mobility /...

How to Improve Speed in Youth Baseball – Part II By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E, FACSM In an attempt to better serve the coaches, players and parents involved in youth and high school baseball, the PBSCCS periodically publishes information on factors that can affect conditioning and performance at these levels....

MATTHEW C KRAUSE TO BECOME FIRST ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR OF THE PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACHES SOCIETY -PBSCCS! PBSCCS Board of Directors announce MATTHEW C KRAUSE as first ever Administrative Director of the PBSCCS “I am very humble the PBSCCS Board of Directors has chosen me to be the first...

Caffeine for Athletic Performance: Sources, Doses, Timing and Expected Effects By: Lawrence L. Spriet, Ph.D. Introduction and Background. Caffeine is the world’s most consumed drug. It has a role in many social activities and improves quality of life by helping individuals feel better, have more energy and complete...

Can Vegan Athletes Become Elite Athletes?  Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD   Fact or Fiction: The vegan diet is unlikely to support optimal performance in athletes? Fiction! No evidence suggests a nutritionally balanced vegan diet impairs athletic performance (1,2). Google vegan athletes; you’ll find an impressive list of...

Plank Exercise: Types, Progressions and Duration By Jose Vazquez, PT, RSCC and Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E The plank is a principle exercise in most strength and conditioning coaches tool boxes. Designed primarily to resist extension and enhance core stability, planks are efficient, effective, can be performed...

Nutrition Tactics for Building Muscles By Nancy Clark MS RD CSSD Most athletes want to have strong muscles to be more powerful, help prevent injuries, add protection for contact sports such as rugby or (American) football, and yes, to look buff. They wonder: What can I eat for more muscle, strength and power? The...

Preventing Overtraining in High School Baseball Players By Jose Vazquez, PT, RSCC and Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E Research indicates that there is a significant risk of overtraining among HS athletes in all sports if proper guidelines are not established and followed. Overtraining occurs over three stages: 1)...

Inertial Flywheel Training By Daniel Cobian MS, CSCS, RSCC*D, CES, Chicago White Sox   Eccentric resistance training is an effective means of preventing muscle damage and enhancing performance through inertial flywheel training devices.  Meta-analysis data indicates that inertial flywheel training produced...

A Summary of Analysis of Non-Game Injuries in MLB By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E A study published in The Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine in December of 2019 examined the MLB Health and Injury Tracking System (HITS) medical record database from 2011-2016 to determine how many injuries occur in both MLB and MiLB...