Professional Baseball Strength & Conditioning

Youth

“Tools of Ignorance” The Evolution of the Role and Equipment of the Catcher in Baseball By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E “Tools of Ignorance” is the nickname given to a catcher’s protective equipment: mask, chest protector and shin guards. Different sources have credited Muddy Ruel and Billy Dickey with coining the...

Kneeling Squat Jump By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E The kneeling squat jump is a lower body plyometric exercise that will help develop coordinaion, strength and power in the muscles of the posterior chain (low back, glutes and hamstrings) and those of the core, shoulders, arms, and spinal erectors. How to do...

Energy Drinks Before Practice and Games? PBSCCS was contacted by a travel coach who wanted to know if it was OK for players to consume energy drinks before practice sessions and games? PBSCCS submitted this question to several sports nutritionists and the following was prepared from their responses. Is it OK? NO!...

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...

Breakfast On-the-Go Options By Roberta Anding, RD Regardless of whether you are a player, coach, umpire or parent, your mother was right – “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” It breaks the overnight fasting period, replenishes your supply of glucose to increase energy, improves alertness and...

Your Arms Control Your Legs in Acceleration and Top Speed By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E When accelerating and sprinting at top speed, your arms and your legs are synchronized. Speed is the product of stride length x stride rate. Ideally, you want your arms to move from your shoulders and your hands to move up to...

RESEARCH REVIEW Drafted MLB Pitchers, UCLR, Velocity, and Showcases Kriz, PK, et. al. Ulnar Collateral Ligament Tear in Elite Baseball Pitchers: Are High School Showcase Exposures Associated with Injury? AM J Sports Med. 50(11):3073-3082, 2022. Background: Ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (UCLR) surgeries...

Why Taking a Season Off Could Be What You Are Missing  By Brian Jordan, RSCC*D With the summer baseball and softball seasons behind us, fall baseball coming to an end and high school softball starting, now is a good time to discuss the importance of players taking time off. For baseball and softball players, fall can...

12 Things All College Coaches Want in a Recruit By Alan Parham – National Scouting Report “Ability is something college coaches look for when recruiting. But there are some other traits that coaches want in a prospective student-athlete.” ATHLETICISM: First and foremost, you must have the skills to play in college,...

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,...