Professional Baseball Strength & Conditioning

Training

Goblet Reverse Lunge with Slider By Brian Jordan, RSCC*D The goblet reverse lunge using a slider, is an effective posterior-chain exercise for developing lower body strength. Placing a slider or Val slide under one foot and holding a DB or Kettlebell at chest level, creates instability and applies an external load...

Management of Acute Injuries in Baseball and Softball Games and Practice By Nate Shaw and Ryne Eubanks, Arizona Diamondbacks All sports, including youth and high school baseball and softball, have inherent risks. If you play long enough, nearly everyone will, at one time or another, get injured. For most athletes,...

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...

Thrower’s 6 Exercise Program By Nathan Friedman, CSCS, Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball and softball players of all ages are throwing with greater velocity today than in previous years. With increased velocity, especially among players who are fatigued and are not engaged in an appropriate arm care program, there is an...

Pitch Clock and Minor League Work Density By Brennan Mickelson, Seattle Mariners For those who haven’t watched a minor league game recently. MLB has made significant changes this year that effects the game every single pitch. The pitch clock is here, and the game, at least at the minor league level, will probably...

Baseball and Softball Players Refueling During, Between and After Games PBSCCS was recently contacted by a mom who wanted to know what she could do to improve the stamina and performance of her 16U son and 14U daughter when they played multiple games per day in tournament play. She said that they seemed to run out of...

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...