Training

Squat and Touch with Rear Leg Extended a Precursor to Single-Leg Squats By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSSC*E Most strength and conditioning coaches will agree that, regardless of whether you are using them as a primary or support exercise, the single-leg squat is an effective, closed-chain, ground-based, lower body...

Using Box Jumps to Improve Explosiveness By Jose Vazquez, PT, RSCC – Texas Rangers   One of the essential goals of all strength and conditioning coaches is to improve explosive athletic power. By definition, power is the rate of doing work, and strength is the ability to exert force.  While both have similar...

Push-ups in High School Baseball By Chris Giacchino, ATC, CSCS – Cleveland Indians In an attempt to better serve the coaches, players and parents involved in youth and high school baseball, the PBSCCS periodically publishes information on factors that can affect conditioning and performance at these levels. Topics are...

Time to Train By: Flint Wallace Your off-season training must be different than your preseason and in-season. If you train too much the same way or too closely to the same way year-round, the growth stagnates, and the adaptation is much slower. When you train differently during different parts of the year, the...

The Athletic Position – It’s Hard to Recover from a Bad Start Zach Dechant Strength and Conditioning Coach for Baseball at TCU The athletic position is a fundamental position for all athletes, whether on the field or in the weight room. It is an essential position of movement initiation in virtually all sport....

ATS and SCCCS: The Importance of Collaborative Care By: Matt Lucero, ATC, LAT, Head Athletic Trainer, Texas Rangers The strength of any organization can be defined by the quality of the relationships among those working to make that organization successful. The relationship between an athletic trainer and a strength...

Balance Training: The Single-Leg Windmill  By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E, FACSM Balance training is one of the most overlooked and misunderstood components training in many sports. When we think of balance, many athletes and coaches only think of it as a static process with someone standing on one foot. Functional...

YOUTH BASEBALL 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. Topics are selected from questions submitted by participants, coaches and parents involved in...

Off-Season Recommendations for High School Baseball Players from a MLB Strength and Conditioning Coach With the high school baseball and summer seasons, and the importance of an effective off-season strength and conditioning program on future performance and risk of injury, we asked Paul Fournier, Major League...

Plyometric Training and The Vertimax By Mike Lidge MS, RSCC Research Behind Plyometrics. Plyometrics are used to improve lower body power and increase explosiveness by training the muscle to do more work in a shorter period of time1. This is achieved by activating the stretch-shortening cycle (SSC), which occurs when...