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Performance Baseball/Softball Conditioning A Newsletter Dedicated To Improving Baseball and Softball Players Volume 14, Number 4 Performance Baseball-Softball Conditioning

The procedures for helping athletes prepare to train, practice and compete have changed significantly over the last decade. The decade started with “authorities” recommending that players perform static stretches prior to activity. From there it advanced to dynamic warm-up, movement preparation and self-myofascial...

Most coaches use a battery of tests to evaluate the status of their athletes and determine areas of strength and weakness. Tests such as the vertical jump, broad jump, pro agility shuttle and 40-yard dash are often used when testing athletes in a variety of sports. While many coaches are content with the quantitative...

The following exercise was recommended by Vern Gambetta. I have used it with good success, first with the Mets and currently with the Rangers. This exercise has three movement sequences that emphasize the loading and unloading of the hips and hamstrings in the sagittal, frontal and transverse plane. It can be used as...

During the off-season, I try different activities and think about how I might be able to use a few of these new exercises and drills with my players. Two years ago, I attended a “barre class” that used non-impact, small movement exercises to isolate individual muscle groups. One muscle group that these exercises...

Track and field coaches divide sprint training into three components; acceleration, maximum velocity, and speed endurance. Acceleration is the process of increasing your velocity. Maximum velocity is running all out. Speed endurance is your ability to maintain your maximum velocity. For a sprinter, all three are...

If you are looking for a change of pace from doing traditional split-squats, try doing them of a 2” x 4” beam. Elevating your body as little as 2 to 4 inches and placing your feet in a parallel stride position raises your center of gravity, decreases your base of support, reduces stability, increases...

I can’t tell you how often I hear someone at the end of the workout say something like “I need to do more abs; I want to get a six-pack.” The truth is that passing on a six-pack is a better way to get a six-pack than doing 600 sit-ups. The key to abdominal definition is the visibility of the abdominal musculature, not...

The following exercises are designed with three goals in mind. First, they will teach you different positions in which you can hold your pelvis and low back to minimize strain on damaged tissues. Second, the will teach you balance and control in these positions—a healthy low back and pelvis depends as much on a well...

As an incoming college freshman, I received a manual through the mail with my football team’s workouts for the summer. The manual was about 75 pages long and consisted mostly of strength routines and information about the testing to be performed during the pre-season training camp. The core routine was a...