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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,...

  The use of foam rollers is very common among athletes preparing their bodies for the day. Players utilize foam rollers because they are relatively easy to use and can provide instant relief from tightness and sometimes even pain. It is imperative, however, that players and coaches understand how foam rolling can be...

Introduction. A previous post by Coleman that indicated lifting weights after a MLB game tended to improve offensive performance as measured by batting average in the next game1. Given the fact that the Texas Rangers play outdoors in a hot to very hot and sometimes very humid environment, it’s not prudent to ask...

Brendon Huttmann just completed his 18th year working in the field of strength and conditioning and his 16th year in professional baseball including the last five (2012-2016) with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Huttman served as the Pirates Head Strength and Conditioning Coach from 2012-2015 before being named the Buccos’...

Many athletes go to great extremes to eat healthfully. Needless to say, the definition of “eating healthfully” varies from person to person and often takes on a religious zeal. “Healthy eating” tends to include these parameters:  No refined sugar, gummy candy, soda pop, sweets No potato chips, corn chips,...

Hot off the press is the latest issue of Performance Conditioning Baseball/Softball.  Inside you’ll find Devising a Master Plan, Softball Conditioning Ideal vs. Reality, Resting Heart Rate Variability Among Starting Pitchers, and more!   Performance Conditioning Baseball/Softball Volume 16, Number 4      

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...

There are a number of things that each organization in MLB could do to help improve the health, fitness, athleticism and performance of their most important commodity, the players. First, there should be a full-time, certified strength and conditioning coach at every level of professional baseball. As part an...

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...

Joe Kessler just completed his 14th year working in the field of strength and conditioning and his 9th year in professional baseball including the last seven (2010-2016) as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Cleveland Indians. Prior to being named the Tribes’ Head of Strength and Conditioning in 2010,...