Training

The Truth About Showcases Good for a Select Few Only By Flint Wallace I’m just going to be blunt here. Showcases make sense for only about 15-25% of all baseball athletes actually attending them. The top 5-15% do not need a showcase. Athletes of this caliber are going to be noticed and get attention regardless of...

Sleep: An Important Part of Your Training Program By Nancy Clark MS RD CSSD Sleep and Athletic Performance. Sleep is important for health and essential for optimal performance. You have undoubtedly seen the studies about lack of sleep being associated with increased body fat and decreased memory formation. Trying to...

Consistency is King: Programming for Sport By Max Torres, M.Ed., CSCS Any trip onto various YouTube fitness pages yields a plethora of videos demonstrating every variation of every exercise that you could possibly think of. With all of these exercises shoved in your face, how could you possibly provide your athletes...

Proper Conditioning for the Baseball Player By Zach Dechant, CSCS, USAW, SCCS Conditioning with Tempo Runs. Conditioning for baseball players has long consisted of LSD: long, slow, distance work. While slow aerobic work has it benefits, I tend to disagree that it is a useful technique for baseball athletes which leads...

Hip Thrust and Squat for Acceleration and Max Running Speed By Jose Vazquez, PT, RSCC, Napoleon Pichardo, RSCC, Gene Coleman, RSCC*E For decades, the squat has been considered to be the “King of Exercises” for almost all things athletic. While research indicates that squats are effective for improving many of the...

Being a Well-trained Athlete Isn’t Enough By Jim Taylor, Ph. D. One of the questions I’m asked most frequently from athletes, coaches, and parents is: “What does it take to be a successful athlete?” For any athlete who wants to be their best, this is no easy question, yet one that is worth asking and worth even...

An earlier post (cite) presented a review of the risk factors associated with arm injuries in pitchers. The purpose of this post is to present the age-appropriate Pitch Smart Program Guidelines for youth and adolescent pitchers. Included in these guidelines are age-appropriate recommendations for days of rest after...

If you are a young baseball player (or the parents or coach of a young baseball player) who wants to become a better player, you MUST become a better athlete. To become a better athlete, you MUST get stronger, run faster, increase power, improve agility and become more flexible. Baseball skills are important, but to...

Research indicates that the weighted horizontally directed hip thrust is an effective exercise for the muscles of the posterior chain – glutes, hamstrings, calves and back – that can be used to improve performance in the weight room and on the playing field. Hip thrusts have been shown to improve lifting...

The Cincinnati Reds organization has been implementing the FMS at all levels of the strength and conditioning program, with the exception of the Dominican academy. I was asked to screen our players in the Dominican academy in January of 2018. Unfortunately, no screening kits were available in the academy, so we had to...