Roles and Responsibilities

When I became the strength and conditioning coach for the Houston Astros in 1978, one of the primary concerns of the front office, manager, coaching staff, athletic trainer and some players was “will lifting weights cause muscular fatigue and have a negative effect on position players’ offensive...

In children and adolescents the bones are still growing. The growth plates are made of cartilage and are actively producing more bone. The growth plates are the weakest part of the elbow, and the UCL and flexor tendon attach to a bump of bone immediately adjacent to one of the main growth plates on the inner side of...

This posting is the first in a 5-part series that discusses the development of the profession of strength and conditioning coach in professional baseball from its inception in 1976 to present day. This series which was originally published in Performance Conditioning Baseball/Softball in 2014 is being reproduced on...

The rash of current injuries to the pitching elbow at the professional level is now probably just mirroring what we have seen in the younger age groups over the recent decade. Injury to the medial ulnar collateral ligament requiring reconstruction, or, more commonly known as “Tommy John” surgery, has hit hard the...

Although I came into pro ball with a lot of talent, it took me almost four years to approach my potential as a power pitcher. In my first season with the Angels, I was 19-16 with 39 starts, 20 complete games, an ERA of 2.28, 9 shutouts and 329 strikeouts in 284 innings. I had 17 games in which I struck out 10 or more...

It’s a great time to become a Strength and Conditioning Coach. The field of strength training is expanding in multiple directions, opening up new and exciting job opportunities in high schools, colleges and universities, graduate assistant positions, professional sports, performance facilities, and the military. And...