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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,...

It has been well-documented in the scientific literature and through years of practical experience that a strong posterior chain is essential for successful, injury free performance in all sports. Research has also shown that there are numerous exercises with which to effectively train the posterior chain, each with a...

Check out the latest issue of Performance Conditioning Baseball/Softball and stay up to date on current training!   Performance Conditioning Baseball/Softball Vol. 16, Issue 3

Tight hip flexors can cause a number of problems for baseball players. Among these are changes in joint alignments and potential pain in the pelvis, hip, knee, ankle, foot and low back. Hip flexor muscle tightness has also been linked to reciprocal inhibition in the hip extensor muscles (glutes) which can limit the...

The emergence of the professional baseball strength and conditioning profession started in 1993 with three American League strength coaches, Fernando Montes (Cleveland Indians), Steve Odgers (Chicago White Sox) and Bob Alejo (Oakland A’s). Montes, who was a member of the National Strength and Conditioning...

Professional and collegiate baseball players spend a lot of time before, during, after and between games with their hip flexors in a shortened position which has been shown to inhibit the actions of the hip extensors (recripocal inhibition) and increase the compensatory stress on the muscles that assist with hip...