Conditioning

This is the first of a two-part series on conditioning catchers. Part I will outline specific exercises to help ensure that catchers warm-up properly for safe, effective performance. Part II will outline specific exercises and procedures to help ensure that catchers are able to recover between games, maintain personal...

The primary objective of the sled push is to improve lower-body strength and power so athletes can increase ground reaction force, i.e., the amount of force that they can put into and recover from the ground. Large ground reaction forces are essential for effective performance in activities that require acceleration,...

Alcohol and the athlete continue to be linked together both anecdotally within the media and quantitatively in the literature. The detrimental effect of alcohol on human physiology has been well documented with acute alcohol ingestion affecting many aspects of metabolism, neural function, decreased testosterone,...

While research has shown that running, especially high intensity intervals (HIIT) and shuttles runs with frequent changes of direction are more effective for improving conditioning and performance in game situations for most baseball players, sometimes running is not the best option. Although running is the preferred...

For 14 years (1985-1999) the Houston Astros trained on a hill that had been constructed in the home weight room in the Astrodome. The hill had a 150 incline, was 20 yards long x 5 yards wide and ended with a 5-yard level straightaway at the top. The running surface was made of wood and covered with a rubber pad and...

  Another baseball season is underway and that means thousands of young pitchers are throwing at all levels of youth league competition. For many of these youngsters, this effort becomes the peak of their athletic careers. It’s not just sometimes because of a lack of desire to continue on, but also often an inability...

Hill running, which was popular among athletes in a number of team sports including baseball in the 80s and 90s, is back. Or as Yogi said, “It’s Deja vu all over again.” Long recognized as an effective training option among distance runners and cyclists, hill running was recently reintroduced into the game of...

Wall ball as played by the Texas Rangers is a variation of a game played on many playgrounds by children of all ages. It’s a relatively simple game that requires a minimum of equipment. All you need is a secluded flat wall, a level concrete or asphalt playing surface and a bouncy rubber or tennis ball. Before...

“The legs feed the wolf”, a quote attributable to Herb Brooks, coach of the US Olympic Hockey team that defeated the Russians for the Gold Medal in 1980, is a testament to the importance of training the legs for successful performance in almost all forms of athletic competition. NHL, NBA and MLB athletes play on...

Strength and conditioning coaches in all sports and at all levels encourage control, proper technique and safety in order to improve performance and prevent injuries. Every professional baseball organization and their strength coaches are unique in that they have their own individual philosophies as to which form of...