Professional Baseball Strength & Conditioning

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Brad Ausmus’ Off-Season Progressive Throwing Program for Catchers  by Gene Coleman, Ed.D., RSCC*E During my four plus decades in MLB, I have had the opportunity to work with and learn from numerous catchers and coaches who were former catchers. Most notably among these were Yogi Berra, Tony Pena, Brad Ausmus, Ivan...

10 Big Mistakes Young Athletes Make When Sprinting By Darren Wensor  Look for These Common Sprinting Errors When Coaching Young Athletes Below are 10 of the most common skill errors that I see kids make when they are sprinting. POOR HEAD POSITION. Even though most kids look forward when they run, some do so with...

8-Week Interval Throwing Program Texas Metroplex Institute for Sports Medicine and Orthopedics This throwing program was developed for TMI Sports Medicine by Regan Wong, Major League Physical Therapist at Texas Rangers Baseball Club and Daniel Evans, Director of Physical Therapy at TMI Sports Medicine. It is intended...

High Hard Should You Throw? By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E The obsession with pitching velocity appears to be here to stay. Everyone from Little League to MLB seems to be consumed with it. While MLB scouts sit in the stands with radar guns, it’s not uncommon to see parents and coaches of one or both competing...

SAVE YOUR ARM By Gene Coleman, Ed.D., RSCC*E Most Injuries Are Due to Overuse! USA Baseball Guidelines Warm-up to pitch, don’t pitch to warm-up Play for no more than 1 team at a time Pitch in only 1 game/day Observe pitch counts STOP when tired Pitch no more than 100 innings/year Pitch no more than 8...

Pitch Limits in Girls Softball By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E The Amateur Softball Association of American annually registers more than 83,000 girls’ softball teams comprising more than 1.2 million girls total, but there is limited research on the risk of injury to the throwing arm and shoulder of softball...

YOUTH SPORTS The Truth About Showcases 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. Topics are selected from questions submitted by...

RESEARCH REVIEW Drafted MLB Pitchers, UCLR, Velocity, and Showcases Kriz, PK, et. al. Ulnar Collateral Ligament Tear in Elite Baseball Pitchers: Are High School Showcase Exposures Associated with Injury? AM J Sports Med. 50(11):3073-3082, 2022. Background: Ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (UCLR) surgeries...

Sandy Koufax’s Transition from Thrower to Pitcher Anyone who has played or watched baseball in the last half-century has heard about Sandy Koufax’s on field accomplishments: 165-87 won-loss record in 12 MLB seasons 76 lifetime ERA 2,396 career strikeouts (9.28 per game) 137 complete games in 314...

What Do You Need to Be a Good Athlete? By Robb Rogers, MS, CSCS, MSCC In today’s world of athletic competition there are four areas in which all athletes must demonstrate some mastery in order to excel on the diamond, field, court, track, or ice.  These areas are common to all sports regardless of gender, age or...