Training

Effective strength and conditioning coaches conduct a needs analysis of both the athlete and his/her sport. A thorough examination of the physiological requirements of the sport is a part of this needs analysis. Depending on the demands of the sport, certain training modalities may lead to adaptations that do not...

Step into any weight room or clubhouse area in professional baseball and you will most likely find one common thread among them all. It’s not the training equipment, the sound system, or even the white boards with various workout prescriptions on them. No, in fact it is the supplement counter and when you look at...

Every year as the season subsides coaches start to ask “what could we have done better or different.”. This helps us prepare for the additional things or changes that need to occur in the following year. Three things that are consistently evolving in our industry are testing, programming and data analysis. While...

Warming up before physical activity is conventional for many sports and baseball is not an exception to this practice. The starting pitcher is considered by many to be the most important position and player on game day. It is also the impression of many that with good pitching, the likelihood of winning the game is...

In my position as a strength and conditioning coach in professional baseball, I am often asked for extra work by players looking to achieve an edge. I understand their requests, as baseball history is littered with stories of successful MLB players who ran the extra miles, did the extra reps in the weight room, and...

Introduction: In athletics, muscles work in coordinated synergies to create movements and accelerate, decelerate, and stabilize forces. Athletic movements that are recruited by the nervous system are termed muscle synergies. Muscles synergies work as a coordinated unit to isometrically stabilize, accelerate, and...

Practice and Training are terms that are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same. Every baseball team and player practices, but not all of them train. Let me explain what I mean. Practice is what we universally call anything that involves throwing, hitting, throwing a bullpen, taking ground balls and fly...

“It’s strange to me too, but we’re talking about practice man, we’re not even talking about the game…the actual game, when it matters…We’re talking about practice. We’re sitting here, I’m supposed to be the franchise player, and we’re in here talking about practice.” – Allen Iverson 2001. Some...

In the past, I have discussed the importance of using elastic resistance to promote gluteal strength. Weakness in the gluteus maximus and gluteus medius is often cited as contributing to patellofemoral pain, IT band problems, hip pathology and even back pain. Furthermore, activating the glutes and minimizing tensor...

I have a lot of pet peeves when it comes to young athletes in their training and competitive efforts. For example, it drives me crazy to see athletes not prepare themselves fully for a practice session (but you can’t do that in a competition!). Or, young athletes standing around and chatting it up before drills (no...