Professional Baseball Strength & Conditioning

Flexibility

Atlas Split Squats with Perturbation By Brian Schiff, PT, OCS, CSCS Training and rehabbing athletes to maintain core stiffness in athletic functional positions will improve performance and reduce injury risks for the spine and lower extremities. This exercise is an effective way to address postural stability, increase...

Thoracic Spine Range of Motion and Rotational Power By Dan Donohue, MS, RSCC – Cincinnati Reds There are multiple factors to consider when designing programs to help athletes increase rotational power during competition. One aspect that strength and conditioning coaches emphasize is thoracic spine mobility /...

The relationship between shoulder range of motion and elbow stress in college pitchers. J Shoulder & Elbow Surgery. Ahead of Print: 1-29, 2020. Hypothesis: College pitchers with increased external rotation gain (ERG) produce increased 5 medial elbow torque (elbow stress), while those with reduced total rotational range...

Quadruped T-Spine Self Mobilization By Brian Schiff, PT, OCS, CSCS Execution: Assume a quadruped position on the floor. Next, place the left hand behind your head and bring your elbow in so that it is in line with your body. Then, ease your back toward your heels to lock in your lumbar spine. If this causes knee pain...

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...

The Cincinnati Reds organization has been implementing the FMS at all levels of the strength and conditioning program, with the exception of the Dominican academy. I was asked to screen our players in the Dominican academy in January of 2018. Unfortunately, no screening kits were available in the academy, so we had to...

Tight hip flexors can cause a number of problems for baseball players. Among these are changes in joint alignments and potential pain in the pelvis, hip, knee, ankle, foot and low back. Hip flexor muscle tightness has also been linked to reciprocal inhibition in the hip extensor muscles (glutes) which can limit the...