Training

Task Specificity on Rate of Force Development and Joint-Angles for Better Transfer  By Daniel Cobian, MS, CSCS, RSCC*D, CES Sports conditioning program design involves the aim of enhancing performance with considerations to the movements that govern the specific sport.  Baseball performance relies on quick and...

Kneeling Hip Thrust By Mike Reinold, DPT, SCS, ATC, CSCS The hip thrust exercise has become a common exercise for strengthening the gluteus maximus that has gained popularity over the last couple of years thanks to its simplicity and effectiveness. While a weighted bilateral hip thrust is an excellent exercise, I have...

Tricks of the Trade Cold Weather By: Brett Walker, PT, ATC, SCS, CSCS, Assistant Athletic Trainer, Chicago White Sox As baseball season approaches, we think about moving from the warm weather of the Cactus League to the stiff, cold wind that blows off Lake Michigan in Chicago. April baseball in the Windy City presents...

Developing A Year-Round Strength & Conditioning Program for the Professional Baseball Player By Matt Krause The primary purposes of the New York Yankees strength and conditioning program are to 1) reduce the risk of injury and 2) increase potential performance. Strong and flexible muscles are able to produce more...

Lateral Hurdle Step-Over Drill for Change of Direction By Gene Coleman, Jose Vazquez and Napoleon Pichardo The purpose of this post is to present a drill that will help athletes safely transition from deceleration to acceleration and improve the ability to change directions quickly and under control. The movements...

Baseball and the Olympic Lifts By Zach Dechant, CSCS, USAW, SCCS One of the most popular questions I get is about using the Olympic lifts with baseball athletes. First off, I came up through my athletic career as well as my early coaching career with the Olympic lifts as a staple.  I even trained as an Olympic lifter...

Altitude Training Masks – Do they Work? By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E and Jose Vazquez, PT, RSSC There are numerous new training devices being introduced each year that claim to help improve fitness, delay fatigue, enhance performance and reduce the risk of injury. Some are good, some are bad and some are...