Posts Tagged ‘prevention’

Regardless of whether it involves opposing limbs of equal size and length, or balanced strength between both sides of the body (right vs. left and front vs. back), symmetry is nature’s preferred state. Lack of symmetry has been shown to impede physical development, increase the risk of injury, reduce performance,...

If you want to throw hard and throw accurately you must throw hard and throw repeatedly. However, your shoulder and arm must have time to heal and adapt to the imposed demand. Progression too rapidly in the throwing program will DELAY your recovery and return to sport. Always pay careful attention to your throwing...

During my four decades in MLB, I have had the opportunity to work with and learn from numerous catchers and coaches who were former catchers. Most notably among these were Yogi Berra, Tony Pena, Brad Ausmus, Ivan Rodriguez, Pat Borders, Benji Molina, Bruce Bochy and Scott Servais. A few, Bochy, Ausmus and Servais, are...

Given that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, your chances of eating breakfast improve when you plan a meal that is both yummy and offers nutrients that will help you perform well.  This recipe is a favorite from Gale Bernhardt, cycling and triathlon coach. What makes this an “athlete’s” omelet is...

The quadriceps, aka, “quads” are the four large muscles on the front of your thighs that are responsible for extending the knee. As a group, they are one of the main power generators for triple extension in movements such as running, jumping, squatting, lunging and biking. Because they are engaged in virtually...

The Fueling and Hydration Game Plan presented below was developed by Leslie Bonci, certified specialists of sports dietetics who has worked with the Pittsburg Steelers, Pittsburg Penguins, Pittsburg Pirates, Milwaukee Brewers, Washington Nationals, Toronto Blue Jays, University of Pittsburg, The University of Texas at...

Assessing anti-rotation pillar strength is important prior to loading the spine with torsional activity. From a tall plank position, you can assess torsional control by observing this test/exercise. Beyond observation, this technique can be used a conditioning exercise to improve anti-rotational pillar strength and...

The standing and kneeling warrior stretches are two of the most popular methods used by athletes to stretch the muscles of the anterior hip, quad and lower leg. The information in the following paragraphs will address the pros and cons of each stretch and explain how to properly perform them in order to achieve...

Muscle activation training (MAT), sometimes called muscle recruitment, refers to the process of “turning on” muscle fibers prior to use to help “wake up” the communication lines between the nervous system and the muscular system in order to better prepare the body for activity. Proponents of MAT cite several...

Although I came into pro ball with a lot of talent, it took me almost four years to approach my potential as a power pitcher. In my first season with the Angels, I was 19-16 with 39 starts, 20 complete games, an ERA of 2.28, 9 shutouts and 329 strikeouts in 284 innings. I had 17 games in which I struck out 10 or more...