Posts Tagged ‘speed’

Proper Conditioning for the Baseball Player By Zach Dechant, CSCS, USAW, SCCS Conditioning with Tempo Runs. Conditioning for baseball players has long consisted of LSD: long, slow, distance work. While slow aerobic work has it benefits, I tend to disagree that it is a useful technique for baseball athletes which leads...

Hip Thrust and Squat for Acceleration and Max Running Speed By Jose Vazquez, PT, RSCC, Napoleon Pichardo, RSCC, Gene Coleman, RSCC*E For decades, the squat has been considered to be the “King of Exercises” for almost all things athletic. While research indicates that squats are effective for improving many of the...

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...

Sand running is an effective training tool for improving strength, speed, agility and balance. The unstable surface adds resistance between your feet and the ground, requiring greater proprioception and stabilization with every step. Athletes can benefit from sand training because the added challenge of running with...

Accelleration Drill Progressions with Adam Noel, Texas Rangers MiLB Strength and Conditioning Coach.

If you have read any of my previous posts, you know that ‘efficiency’ is a cornerstone of my training philosophy. As coaches, we have all developed a personal foundation to our training approach. This is the tenant on which we focus our energy and encourage ‘buy-in’ from our athletes. A problem with this,...

A couple of threads on the StrengthCoach.com forum got me thinking about the question of foot speed and athletes. I can’t tell you how often I hear a parent or a coach ask, “How can I improve my son’s/daughter’s/ athlete’s foot speed or agility?” It seems everyone always wants the shortcut and the quick fix. The better...

Speed* is one of the five tools that scouts, coaches and management look for when evaluating talent, and the only tool that is used on both offense and defense in game situations. Everyone appreciates the importance of speed, but how much do we actually know about speed in game situations. The following information...

Speed is one of the five tools that scouts, coaches and management look for when evaluating talent, but one of the most neglected skills in the player development process. I realized the value of timing speed in college. We were running sprints in football and the first sprint was at half-speed, the second was at 60%...

Having worked with sprinters and speed athletes for most of my life, I am always fascinated at how making an athlete faster can benefit them in many ways. One of the key concepts passed on to me by Charlie Francis was the concept of “Speed Reserve”. By training an athlete to be faster, you can increase his or her...