Training

Injuries of the hip and groin among professional baseball players can result in a significant number of disabled list days. In a four-year period between 2011 and 2014, there were 1823 hip and groin injuries that accounted for approximately 5% of all injuries that occurred among MLB and MiLB players1. The most common...

  Former MLB player Ray Knight said, “Concentration is the ability to think about absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary” and very succinctly summed up about half of the tenets of sport psychology. Longhorn coaching legend Darrell Royal summed up the other half when he stated, “Luck is what happens when...

Maintaining an anabolic environment during training sessions to promote recovery and prevent muscle breakdown. During exercise net protein breakdown and synthesis determines the level of recovery during post-exercising conditions2. It has been shown that consumption of at least 6 grams of protein can stimulate net...

It might be your son, it might be your daughter. It doesn’t really matter. In any case, you realize that you have a kid that has above average ability. Coaches start to tell you that your child has potential. People start talking about special select teams and year-round dedication to one sport. The big questions...

In 2011, there were 50 oblique injuries among MLB players and these players spent a total of 1,604 days on the DL. The average stay was 35 days for pitchers and 28 days for position players. The total cost of these 50 injuries (salaries paid to injured players plus salaries paid to players who replaced them) was more...

Speed is a key factor for success in most sports. In baseball, it is the only physical tool that is used on both offense and defense and is an essential quality that can keep a good player from becoming great. The key to improving speed is intensity of effort. Some authorities believe that when you train at speeds...

Johnny Martinez is up at the plate working an 11-pitch count, game is tied, 8th inning, two outs, runners in scoring position. Johnny stays true to his routine, fouling pitch after pitch off, keeping the AB alive. He steps out of the box, looks at his coach, then at his focal point, takes a deep cleansing breath, the...

The 300-yard shuttle run can be used as a maximum effort anaerobic test or training tool for multi-sprint athletes like baseball, football, basketball, soccer, etc. Among baseball players, it is often used as a pre-test during the first week of spring training to measure anaerobic capacity, i.e., the maximal rate of...

The Valslide is an inexpensive, portable and effective training tool for improving strength, stability and range of motion in many of the movement patterns used in sports. The purpose of this post is to describe a Valslide exercise that can be used to increase strength, improve stability and enhance range of motion in...

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...