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Check out the latest issue of Performance Baseball/Softball Conditioning Volume 14, Number 7. Performance Baseball/Softball Conditioning Volume 14, Number 7

James Clifford is completing his 18th year of work in professional baseball including the last four (2012-2015) as the Head Major League Strength and Conditioning Coach and Coordinator of Sport Science with the Seattle Mariners. His involvement with the Mariners began in 1988 when they drafted him out of high school...

Katherine Roberts’ Yoga for Baseball series continues with Hip Drives.

The deadlift and power clean are two very popular exercises among athletes for good reason—they are excellent for developing total body strength and power, while simultaneously emphasizing powerful hip extension. The problem is that many athletes have mobility restrictions through the hip, knee, and ankle and...

As you might have heard through stories in the media, the Dodgers have gone “all in” on eating organic foods throughout the organization. When walking around the dining area you can hear a lot of new buzz words being thrown around: “Grass Fed”, “Free Range”, “Locally Grown” and “Organic” to name a...

The kettlebell swing is an explosive lift that forces you to use maximum power in the posterior chain (hips, back and legs) to accelerate the KB with proper technique. As a baseball player, you spend a lot of time with your spine, hips, knees and ankles flexed. Regardless of whether you are playing in games, taking...

The off-season is the optimal time to work on things that can improve performance in the coming season. The following is a brief discussion three things that you can do during the off-season to improve your performance in the coming year. Build a strong and powerful lower half. Your hips and legs are your power...

Rick Slate is entering his 23rd year of work in professional baseball and 27th in strength and conditioning. He is completing his fourth year as Director of Strength and Conditioning for the Atlanta Braves. Rick’s first job in professional baseball was with the Florida Marlins. He joined the Marlins in 1992, one...

Kettlebells can have a significant positive effect when training baseball players. Lifts that that have been shown to be popular and effective include the following: The Swing. This is an explosive lift that forces athletes to use maximum power in the muscles of the posterior chain to accelerate the KB with proper...

It’s true: if you snooze, you lose. Skipping breakfast for a few extras Z’s means you’ll be at a loss for energy. So get your game going by waking up early enough to eat a solid breakfast. The following energy-boosting breakfast has been recommended Susan Kleiner, former sports nutrition consultant to MLB, NFL,...