Roles and Responsibilities

I truly believe your future is created by what you do today, not what you do tomorrow, or next week, or next season. That is the future. To impact that future, you must take action today. Change does not happen by chance, it happens by choice. So you must make that choice and Take Action Today! Remember, every expert...

“…true pilot must of necessity pay attention to the seasons, the heavens, the stars, the winds, and everything proper to the craft if he is to rule a ship.” (The Republic 6.488e). It is absurd to believe that almost 2,400 years ago Plato would describe how I should go about my role as strength and conditioning...

As a coach, you know that full buy in and adherence to the structured program in place is crucial to the overall development of your players. You also know that coaching is relational at its core. In order to build stronger relationships and improve communications with your athletes you need to understand their...

The following is a roundtable in which three distinguished strength and conditioning coaches with a combined total of more than 30 years of coaching experience at the Major League level discuss their thoughts on improving performance through testing and player evaluation. In all sports, athletes are judged by how they...

Concussions are traumatic brain injuries that are caused by a direct blow to the head or a sudden jolt that causes the head to jerk violently. Concussions, although far less common than the typical overuse injuries that we see occurring in baseball to the shoulder and elbow, they can be far more catastrophic. A recent...

Regardless of whether it involves opposing limbs of equal size and length, or balanced strength between both sides of the body (right vs. left and front vs. back), symmetry is nature’s preferred state. Lack of symmetry has been shown to impede physical development, increase the risk of injury, reduce performance,...

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...