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The National Strength and Conditioning Association recently announced that Matthew Krause, Director of Strength and Conditioning for the New York Yankees, was selected as the NSCA’s Professional Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year for 2018. Coach Krause is the fifth recipient of this award, which has been...

The human body is often considered to be a three-link chain: 1) lower body; 2) core; and 3) upper body. In baseball, force is in initiated in the hips and legs and then transferred through the core to the shoulders, arms and hands where it is applied to the bat or ball. We know that a chain is only as strong as its...

Sand running is an effective training tool for improving strength, speed, agility and balance. The unstable surface adds resistance between your feet and the ground, requiring greater proprioception and stabilization with every step. Athletes can benefit from sand training because the added challenge of running with...

JD Howell, the 2015 and 2017 Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year, just completed his 9th year in the strength and conditioning field and his 5th in professional baseball. JD earned his first MiLB Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year Award while working with Oakland’s Midwest League Class...

Core strength and shoulder stability are essential for throwing athletes. A strong core and stable shoulders can provide a solid support system for explosive, powerful movements. A weak core and unstable shoulder can increase the risk of injury and limit performance. The stir the pot exercise has been recommended by...

  Austin is entering his second season as a strength and conditioning coach for the Kansas City Royals organization. He is currently serving as the Rookie Ball strength coach for the Burlington Royals. Prior to joining the Royals in 2016, he was a performance coach at Godspeed Elite Sports Academy in Hoover, Alabama....

Baseball is a strength and power sport in which on the field actions display multi-directional quickness, short bursts of acceleration and occasionally top-end speed with bouts of longer duration recovery. Training programs should be based on the movement and energy requirements of the sport in order to maximize the...

Check out the latest news in Performance Conditioning Baseball/Softball.  Click the link below!    Performance Conditioning Baseball/Softball Volume 17, Number 2

Adam Noel enters his third year as a minor league strength and conditioning coach for the Texas Rangers. He currently serves as the Rangers Class-A strength coach for the Hickory Crawdads. He joined the Rangers organization in September 2015 after spending the previous two years as a graduate assistant athletic...

Kirby Retzer began his career in exercise science in 2013 as an intern for the Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator (Mike Roose) of the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers, FL. Upon graduating with honors from Florida Gulf Coast University, Kirby was hired full time by the Minnesota Twins and was responsible...