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This brief episode marks the two year anniversary of The PBSCCS Podcast. The episode covers both the current and future states of the podcast. Current state topics: -Statistics of the podcast -Availability of the podcast Future state topics: -Potential sponsorships -Branching out to other areas of development...

In Season Conditioning for Starting Pitchers  By Jason Polakowski, CSCS, ATC, USAW  A pitcher possesses the baseball more than any position in baseball. This leads to a high amount of activity each game, especially when it comes down to the starting pitcher. Watching a game, it may not seem like a big deal because...

Jarret Abell enters his first season as the Royals’ Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coordinator, after serving as the Strength & Conditioning Coach with Northwest Arkansas (2017-2018), Wilmington (2016), Lexington (2015) and Idaho Falls (2014). He received his Master’s degree in Exercise Science from Wichita State...

YOUTH BASEBALL Beginner’s Push-up: From the Knees or With Hands Elevated? By Gene Coleman and Xavier Saldana In an attempt to better serve the coaches, players and parents involved in youth baseball, the PBSCCS periodically publishes information on factors that can affect conditioning and performance at this level....

Fueling Tactics By Dave Ellis, RD Young male athletes playing power sports like baseball often dial in on muscle or weight gain strategies promoted by the popular press (supplement retailers on the internet, muscle magazines), loaded with “Bro Science” level information all designed to promote a dietary...

Chris Messina, MS, RSCC, Boston Red Sox Chris Messina just completed his 5th year in professional baseball. A native of Charleston, SC Chris graduated from Dunkirk High School in Dunkirk, NY where he earned two letters in baseball and ice hockey and one letter in soccer. After high school, he earned a BS in Exercise...

The “Touch and Go” Box Squat Jose Salas, MS, ATC, CSCS The squat has often been called the “king of exercises” and rightly so. It’s a closed-kinetic chain exercise that builds functional strength and power from the ground up. The squat, both back and front versions, is a staple in many strength and...

Kessler and Seligman 2019 MLB All-Star Game Strength and Conditioning Coaches Joe Kessler of the Cleveland Indians and Josh Seligman of the Milwaukee Brewers were selected by MLB to serve as Strength and Conditioning Coaches for the 2019 MLB All-Star Game at Progressive Field in Cleveland on July 9th. Kessler, a...

Mark Spadavecchia is entering his second season as San Jose’s strength & conditioning coach and in the San Francisco Giants organization. Previously, Spadavecchia spent five seasons as a strength & conditioning coach in the Houston Astros organization. His tenure with the Astros included stints with Corpus Christi,...

  Paul Howey is the Atlanta Braves AAA strength and conditioning coach and is currently in his second season with the Braves organization. He spent the 2018 season with Atlanta’s AA team, the Mississippi Braves, and was voted the 2018 Southern League Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year. Prior to joining the...