Professional Baseball Strength & Conditioning

Youth Sports

Pitch Limits in Girls Softball By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E The Amateur Softball Association of American annually registers more than 83,000 girls’ softball teams comprising more than 1.2 million girls total, but there is limited research on the risk of injury to the throwing arm and shoulder of softball...

YOUTH SPORTS The Truth About Showcases In an attempt to better serve the coaches, players and parents involved in youth and high school baseball, the PBSCCS periodically publishes information on factors that can affect conditioning and performance at these levels. Topics are selected from questions submitted by...

Sandy Koufax’s Transition from Thrower to Pitcher Anyone who has played or watched baseball in the last half-century has heard about Sandy Koufax’s on field accomplishments: 165-87 won-loss record in 12 MLB seasons 76 lifetime ERA 2,396 career strikeouts (9.28 per game) 137 complete games in 314...

What Do You Need to Be a Good Athlete? By Robb Rogers, MS, CSCS, MSCC In today’s world of athletic competition there are four areas in which all athletes must demonstrate some mastery in order to excel on the diamond, field, court, track, or ice.  These areas are common to all sports regardless of gender, age or...

6-Week Speed Training Program for Baseball and Softball By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E SPEED WINS! Speed is one of the 5-tools that pro and college scouts look for, high school coaches covet and many youth players lack. Speed is the only tool that is used on both offense and defense and can be a game changer in...

Umpires: Refueling During, Between and After Games PBSCCS was recently contacted by an umpire who wanted to know what he could do to improve his stamina and performance when working 2-3 games per day. He said that he seemed to be dragging between games and wondered if there was something that he could eat between...

Three Things Can Happen When You Slide Head First and Two of them are Bad! By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E, FACSM Despite what doctors, athletic trainers and coaches say, kids from T-ball to high school and college routinely slide head first into 2B, 3B and occasionally into home plate. Why? They see big leaguers do...

Should Athletes Play Two Sports at the Same Time? By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E With the summer travel and high school baseball and softball seasons coming to an end, the focus turns to football and/or fall baseball for boys and softball and/or volleyball for girls. A popular question among athletes and parents of...

Pitching is More than Velocity and Spin Rate By Brian Jordan, RSCC*D In today’s era of advanced analytics, regardless of whether you love it or hate it, velocity and spin rate are currently awarded top priority by some when evaluating pitchers. Advances in technology and devices like Rapsodo, Trackman and Pocket...

Beat the Heat and Dehydration During Summer Baseball/Softball  PBSCCS consulted with several sports nutritionists and developed the following information for players, parents and coaches on baseball and softball teams that are competing in summer practice sessions and games. Coaches, parents and players know that...