Strength

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...

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...