Roles and Responsibilities

While we are long over the concept of “No pain – No gain”, there are a lot of athletes who aren’t achieving maximal performance or making the progress that they need to because they don’t fully understand the difference between pain and discomfort. Pain is your body’s way of letting us know that there is a...

The obvious answer is to get better. But the real question is, to get better at what? When I ask players “what do you want to improve upon?” Most of them give a generic answer like velocity, or command, or my mechanics. Then I probe a little further and realize that what they all really want is to move better. They want...

The best way to assess your pitcher’s mechanics is to get side view and back view videotape of the athlete. Many studies have been done on baseball pitching mechanics and hundreds of mechanical variables have been explored, but trying to correct too many points at once creates too much confusion in the athlete....

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...