Professional Baseball Strength & Conditioning

Youth

YOUTH BASEBALL Proper Set-up When Stealing 2B By Gene Coleman, Ed. D, RSCC*E, FACSM “You Can’t Recover From A Bad Start.” Proper set-up is extremely important when running the bases. Regardless of whether you are executing a straight steal or taking a secondary lead, your set-up can often determine whether your...

YOUTH SPORTS  What coaches should know when selecting team members and what kids should know when choosing friends Choose Character over Characters Character will be there when things get tough. Characters look out for their own best self-interest. Coaches and teammates can count on players with character. They are...

Upper Body MD Ball Plyometric Progressions for Baseball/Softball By Gene Coleman, Augustine “Augie” Agyei and Al Sandoval A previous article provided the rational, guidelines and lower body plyometric exercises for baseball and softball. (http://baseballstrength.org/plyometrics-for-baseball-by-nate-tamargo/). This...

Ankle Mobility By Joey Greany, Tampa Bay Rays While ankle mobility might not be on your current priority list for training, it is essential for successful, injury-free performance. From squats, to plyometrics, quick starts, fast accelerations, controlled decelerations, all-out sprints, etc., ankle mobility can...

Details Matter When Creating Patterns of Success By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E Being on time matters. Being focused matters. Being a good teammate matters. Following directions matters. Doing the little things matters. Doing things the right way matters. Respecting your parents, siblings, teachers, classmates,...

Do Energy Shots Actually Work? By Leslie Bonci, RD Energy shots are not going away anytime soon. Companies that produce them generate over $7 billion in annual revenue. You know the spiel:” Down a 2-oz energy shot and you’ll be greeted with a refreshing, sustained boost in energy and no unpleasant side effects.”...

The Ride Home After the Game Does it Make Youth Baseball and Softball More Fun? By Catherine Pearlman, Ph.D., LCSW SIDE BAR: During a rehabilitation assignment in June of 2006, Roger Clemens and his son Koby were teammates on the Houston Astros A-Ball affiliate Lexington Legends. Roger pitched and Koby played third...

ARM AND SHOULDER INJURIES IN ADOLESCENT PITCHERS Research in the Am J Sports Med found that adolescent pitcher who had shoulder or elbow surgery violated at least one Pitch Smart Guideline by: Pitching significantly more months/year Pitching significantly more games/year Pitching significantly more...

Two-Point Standing Start for Acceleration By Agyei Augustine, CSCS, MAT and Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E The two-point standing start is a good drill for improving first-step power and acceleration. Because most of the weight is on the lead leg, it also helps you keep from taking a “false” step. Speed coaches say...

YOUTH SPORTS CREATINE? The question for this post is from the father of a 16-year-old athlete who said: “My son plays two sports (baseball and football) and one of his coaches said that he should consider taking creatine to increase size, strength and athletic performance. 1) What is it? 2) Does it work? 3) Is it...