Strength

What Makes the Front Squat Different from the Back Squat? Michael Sadler, CSCS – Seattle Mariners Because research indicates that squats improve strength, speed and power, many strength coaches and athletes believe that they are one of the most important exercises that athletes can do to improve performance. Many of...

DB Bench Press By Jason Meredith, CSCS, RSCC, Milwaukee Brewers The DB Bench Press, and its cousin the Barbell Bench Press, are often given a bad rap as non-functional exercises as well as exercises that can cause shoulder pain and instability. However, if performed correctly and in balance with pulling exercises...

Pitcher’s Single-Leg, Opposite Arm RDL Jose Vazquez, PT, RSCC and Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E The pitcher’s RDL is a single-leg, opposite arm movement that allows a pitcher to train unilaterally while working on motor control, proprioception and balance. It is important for all athletes, especially pitchers,...

Single-Leg Forward Reach By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSSC*E The single-leg forward reach is a closed-kinetic, ground-based, unsupported, i.e., only one foot is in contact with the floor, single-leg exercise. It involves the synchronized action of the muscles of the core, hip, knee and ankle joints to increase unilateral,...

How to Use Force Plates in Sports There was a time not too long ago that force plates could be found only in engineering or biomechanics labs on university campuses. Today, however, there are a growing number of MLB organizations that either have installed them in their weight room, training room or performance center...

YOUTH BASEBALL In an attempt to better serve the coaches, players and parents involved in youth baseball, the PBSCCS periodically publishes information on factors that can affect conditioning and performance at this level. Topics are selected from questions submitted by participants, coaches and parents involved in...

Off-Season Recommendations for High School Baseball Players from a MLB Strength and Conditioning Coach With the high school baseball and summer seasons, and the importance of an effective off-season strength and conditioning program on future performance and risk of injury, we asked Paul Fournier, Major League...

Plyometric Training and The Vertimax By Mike Lidge MS, RSCC Research Behind Plyometrics. Plyometrics are used to improve lower body power and increase explosiveness by training the muscle to do more work in a shorter period of time1. This is achieved by activating the stretch-shortening cycle (SSC), which occurs when...

YOUTH BASEBALL Beginner’s Push-up: From the Knees or With Hands Elevated? By Gene Coleman and Xavier Saldana In an attempt to better serve the coaches, players and parents involved in youth baseball, the PBSCCS periodically publishes information on factors that can affect conditioning and performance at this level....

The “Touch and Go” Box Squat Jose Salas, MS, ATC, CSCS The squat has often been called the “king of exercises” and rightly so. It’s a closed-kinetic chain exercise that builds functional strength and power from the ground up. The squat, both back and front versions, is a staple in many strength and...

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