Professional Baseball Strength & Conditioning

Training

Recent research indicates that there is a shortage of training education for both youth athletes and coaches( http://1.usa.gov/InqqoO ).  Knowing this, we have posted a simple ground based training program.  The goal of this program is to create flawless movement patterns, before adding external resistance, for...

The game of baseball is all about getting out of the box quickly and reaching max speed as fast as you can. When getting out of the box, you need to run as hard as you can for the first 15 yards. If you are slow over the first 15 yards, it is nearly impossible to make up time toward the end of a run. Baseball is a...

By Rob Biertempfel, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW Sunday, May 8, 2011 When it comes to sleeping, Pirates right-hander Ross Ohlendorf is a night owl. That can be great when he pitches in a late game on the West Coast but not so much when he starts an afternoon game at PNC Park. “I tend to not want to go to bed early, and I...

Core Stabilization – Progressive Method By Nate Shaw, RSCC, Arizona Diamondbacks Optimal core stabilization is dependent on proper inter-coordination of abdominal and respiratory musculature. Inspiration begins as the diaphragm contracts and draws down caudally thus creating a natural vacuum in the pleural cavity. The...

The biggest disconnect that I see in conditioning the baseball athlete is the immediate overemphasis on sports-specific conditioning (agility, balance, speed, etc.) done without the proper basic strength exercises.  I see an overall lack of strength in baseball.  I see this all the time at this level—not being...

Getting to First Base-Developing the Athlete’s Batters Box through the B.A.S.E.S. System The five athletic skills are Balance, Agility (movement), Strength, Explosiveness and Speed, which I call B.A.S.E.S.  It is critical to find a good starting point when developing the young baseball player.  The young player...

Dave Ellis, RD, CSCS, PBSCCS Advisory Board Member, Colorado Springs CO Dave Ellis is an accomplished Sports Dietitian and President of Sports Alliance, which provides consulting services to athletics and the food industry.  Dave has earned a reputation as a pioneer and leader in the field of applied sports nutrition...

Several studies show that the dominant arm in baseball throwers have increased external rotation and decreased internal rotation compared with their non-dominant arm.  (4,5)  This loss of internal rotation on the throwing arm compared to non-throwing arm is defined as GIRD, or glenohumeral internal rotation...

Sean Marohn, M.S. CSCS, Cincinnati Reds Minor League Conditioning Coordinator Sean has served as the Cincinnati Reds Minor League Conditioning Coordinator since 2005. He coordinates all aspects of flexibility, strength, conditioning, and diet for the Red’s minor league system. In addition, he hires and supervises 6...

Nate Shaw, ATC, CSCS, Major League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator, Arizona Diamondbacks Nate Shaw joined the Diamondbacks in 2005, after a three-year stint in the Tampa Bay Devil Rays organization, the last two as their minor league strength and conditioning coordinator. He spent his first season in the Rays’...