Posts Tagged ‘training’

Tricks of the Trade Cold Weather By: Brett Walker, PT, ATC, SCS, CSCS, Assistant Athletic Trainer, Chicago White Sox As baseball season approaches, we think about moving from the warm weather of the Cactus League to the stiff, cold wind that blows off Lake Michigan in Chicago. April baseball in the Windy City presents...

Altitude Training Masks – Do they Work? By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E and Jose Vazquez, PT, RSSC There are numerous new training devices being introduced each year that claim to help improve fitness, delay fatigue, enhance performance and reduce the risk of injury. Some are good, some are bad and some are...

Research indicates that the weighted horizontally directed hip thrust is an effective exercise for the muscles of the posterior chain – glutes, hamstrings, calves and back – that can be used to improve performance in the weight room and on the playing field. Hip thrusts have been shown to improve lifting...

KB Swing by Nate Tamargo

Baseball is a sport that requires repeated brief efforts of max intensity followed by 20-30 seconds or more of recovery. Tabata training is a high-intensity interval training program (HIIT) that has been shown to improve both anaerobic and aerobic capacity making it an appropriate training option for both off-season...

Practice and Training are terms that are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same. Every baseball team and player practices, but not all of them train. Let me explain what I mean. Practice is what we universally call anything that involves throwing, hitting, throwing a bullpen, taking ground balls and fly...

It seems in this day and age of keeping up with and surpassing the Jones’, people often believe doing more or having more makes you or the things around you better. That’s not always the case. Actually, more isn’t always better. Sometimes more is just more. Here are a couple of examples in a simplistic...

It might be your son, it might be your daughter. It doesn’t really matter. In any case, you realize that you have a kid that has above average ability. Coaches start to tell you that your child has potential. People start talking about special select teams and year-round dedication to one sport. The big questions...

Speed is a key factor for success in most sports. In baseball, it is the only physical tool that is used on both offense and defense and is an essential quality that can keep a good player from becoming great. The key to improving speed is intensity of effort. Some authorities believe that when you train at speeds...

For years we did sit-ups in an attempt to develop a 6-pack. We now know that a 6-pack has no meaningful place in sports. A 6-pack should be the by-product of an effective total conditioning program, not a primary goal of the training program. Most pro and college athletes don’t do sit-ups anymore. Instead, they do...