Strength

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...

Youth and High School Baseball In an attempt to better serve the coaches, players and parents involved in youth and high school baseball, the PBSCCS periodically publishes information on factors that can affect conditioning and performance at these levels. Topics are selected from questions submitted by participants,...

Designing Training Programs for Baseball By Nate Shaw, ATC, RSCC Designing training programs for baseball players can be very simple.  There are a few concepts to focus on before you get started.  A successful program is one that a player can complete without a large risk of injury.  A successful program also helps...

Task Specificity on Rate of Force Development and Joint-Angles for Better Transfer  By Daniel Cobian, MS, CSCS, RSCC*D, CES Sports conditioning program design involves the aim of enhancing performance with considerations to the movements that govern the specific sport.  Baseball performance relies on quick and...

Kneeling Hip Thrust By Mike Reinold, DPT, SCS, ATC, CSCS The hip thrust exercise has become a common exercise for strengthening the gluteus maximus that has gained popularity over the last couple of years thanks to its simplicity and effectiveness. While a weighted bilateral hip thrust is an excellent exercise, I have...

Developing A Year-Round Strength & Conditioning Program for the Professional Baseball Player By Matt Krause The primary purposes of the New York Yankees strength and conditioning program are to 1) reduce the risk of injury and 2) increase potential performance. Strong and flexible muscles are able to produce more...

Baseball and the Olympic Lifts By Zach Dechant, CSCS, USAW, SCCS One of the most popular questions I get is about using the Olympic lifts with baseball athletes. First off, I came up through my athletic career as well as my early coaching career with the Olympic lifts as a staple.  I even trained as an Olympic lifter...

If you are a young baseball player (or the parents or coach of a young baseball player) who wants to become a better player, you MUST become a better athlete. To become a better athlete, you MUST get stronger, run faster, increase power, improve agility and become more flexible. Baseball skills are important, but to...

Research indicates that the weighted horizontally directed hip thrust is an effective exercise for the muscles of the posterior chain – glutes, hamstrings, calves and back – that can be used to improve performance in the weight room and on the playing field. Hip thrusts have been shown to improve lifting...