Training

“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...

Several epidemiologic reports on injury rates in MLB have been published in recent years. Each of these has provided valuable information on specific injuries to MLB players, such as the frequency of injuries to the shoulder, elbow, knee, back, etc., but none have addressed specific injury rates among minor league...

On a baseball field, deep in the South American countryside, lies a place where MLB hopes to discover a new talent pool in its effort to expand the game. This is not the Dominican or Venezuelan power houses that initially come to mind, but Brazil, a country previously only thought of for its world-renowned soccer. It...

It seems in this day and age of keeping up with and surpassing the Jones’, people often believe doing more or having more makes you or the things around you better. That’s not always the case. Actually, more isn’t always better. Sometimes more is just more. Here are a couple of examples in a simplistic...

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...