Training

Designing training programs for baseball players can be very simple.  There are, however, a few basic concepts that must be considered before you get started.  Successful programs can be completed with minimal risk of injury. Successful programs help athletes achieve specific goals. Successful programs take into...

A previous post, Jump Rope in Baseball – Back to the Future, outlined the benefits and procedures of jumping rope. But what if you don’t have a rope or if you are working with a relatively large group and don’t have enough ropes to go around? Use line jumps and hops. Line jumps (two feet) and line hops (one...

Ropes training, otherwise known as battle ropes, has become an increasingly popular modality in strength and conditioning programs in recent years because of the numerous training benefits it provides. It is an effective tool to enhance strength, power and endurance2. However, the questions are does it fit in the...

  Regardless of whether you are a believer or non-believer in the practice of long toss for pitchers and/or position players, it appears to be here to stay. Most players use some form of long toss during the off-season, pre-season and/or season. Some organizations are staunch supporters and others permit it with...

The importance of sleep cannot be understated in terms of recovery. Sleep plays a critical role in not only recovery and on-field performance, but in all aspects of daily living. With new technology and recovery tools continuing to surface in recent years, it is important for coaches to help athletes see the big...

The step-up is a basic exercise that sometimes gets pushed to the back of the repertoire, especially when a coach has accessibility to modern equipment and a state-of-the-art facility. Many minor league teams, however, do not have access to a lot of equipment or large training facilities at home or on the road. For...

Face pulls are an exercise that should be added to your upper body lifting routine in order to improve poor shoulder and thoracic positioning.  Both play a large role in posture, making the face pull a beneficial exercise in that it directly contrasts the slumped shoulder position we tend to live in everyday when...

Agility is often defined as “the ability to start, stop and change directions under control” and is essential for successful performance in team and individual sports. It is not uncommon for some coaches to have athletes perform a series of agility drills, e.g., pro agility run, T-run, 3-cone run, etc., hoping...

  The use of foam rollers is very common among athletes preparing their bodies for the day. Players utilize foam rollers because they are relatively easy to use and can provide instant relief from tightness and sometimes even pain. It is imperative, however, that players and coaches understand how foam rolling can be...

Introduction. A previous post by Coleman that indicated lifting weights after a MLB game tended to improve offensive performance as measured by batting average in the next game1. Given the fact that the Texas Rangers play outdoors in a hot to very hot and sometimes very humid environment, it’s not prudent to ask...