Professional Baseball Strength & Conditioning

Youth

Dumbbells are Smart  By Gene Coleman and Bryan King If you are an athlete performing strength training for baseball, sometimes it’s better to go lighter than heavier to ensure that your technique is proper and that you are training movements that have carryover value to on-field performance. When performing the...

Meeting the Challenges of Tryouts: Part II Jim Taylor, Ph. D. In Part I of Meeting the Challeges of Tryouts (1), I discussed why tryouts can be so stressful for young athletes, and the mental areas that suffer the most when they put their athletic hopes and dreams on the line as they attempt to join a league, make a...

Meeting the Challenges of Tryouts – Part I By Jim Taylor, Ph. D. Is there anything more important to a young athlete than tryouts, that first big step toward participating in a league, playing for a team, or joining a sports program? I don’t think so. Why? Tryouts are basically the gateway to a child’s athletic...

Life Lessons Learned in Pro Baseball By Charlie Hayes, Veteran MLB Player Every boy who plays baseball from age 5 through college dreams of playing in the Major Leagues. Charlie Hayes, a 14-year veteran third baseman with 7 different MLB teams including the 1986 World Champion, New York Yankees shares the life...

RESEARCH REVIEW By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E “Do MLB players who specialize early sustain more serious injuries?” Early Sports Specialization – Effectiveness and Risk of injury in Professional Baseball Players11 Purpose: To determine the impact of early sport specialization on the frequency of serious...

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Mental Breaks In Game and Out of Season By Andy Bass, Ph. D. – Pittsburgh Pirates Focus and concentration are crucial to success in baseball and softball. We need to be locked in on every pitch and every at bat. How often have we heard coaches or players say that the reason they lost the game, or made a costly...

YOUTH SPORTS Tips for Gaining Healthy Body Weight for Improved Performance By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E School is in session, fall ball is over for some, winding down for others and off-season training has started for most. This is the ideal time for youth, high school and even college baseball players to focus on...