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The Residual Training Effect

Residual training effects are a big topic currently in the age of the COVID-19.  Coaches and athletes alike are talking about how long we can retain the gains that we’re made previous to the shutdown.  The residual training effect is just that…how long athletes keep traces of previous training.  It was heavily documented by Vladamir Issurin in his form of …

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The Details Matter

Programming any energy system work has to be built around these 4 basic parameters. Without details on each parameter coaches have no idea what training adaption they’re creating. – As an example we can have the exact same training session with exception to one small detail being the rest interval. – Rest intervals are so vital to determining what adaptation …

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Not All Strength is Created Equal

Increasing strength initially has a large effect on the transfer to speed of movement. After that continually developing more often has no effect. The law of diminishing returns kicks in and we have to decide at what point more strength is not worth h the energy applied to it. – As athletes advance the time allowed for force application becomes …

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How’d My Muscle Turn Off?

When muscles are “turned off” it doesn’t mean they don’t fire or that they’re completely inactive. It often means they’re doing the wrong job. They become inhibited and weak.  Why?? Because of posture, function, training, lifestyle habits, etc. As Sue Falsone puts it every muscle has its role. Prime movers need to be prime movers, synergists need to assist, and …

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Stiffness at the Wrong Time

IN-SEASON TRAINING PRINCIPLES ELIMINATING STIFFNESS – One of the reasons we don’t want to change exercises frequently in-season is due to stiffness. Adding in an unfamiliar exercises during the in-season period results in increased musculo-tendon stiffness. Increased soreness and stiffness can create altered movement patterns. Altered movement patterns may increase joint stress from compensations. Be conscious of exercises that create …

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Form and Function

If we understand FORM we can understand FUNCTION and consequently MOVEMENT and DYSFUNCTION. Understanding origins and insertions isn’t just for A&P class in college.  Traditionally the rhomboids and serratus anterior were viewed as individual muscles and separate entities that affected the scapulco-thoracic joint. However understanding the role of fascia and the connectedness it plays throughout the entire body gives us …

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Vagal Tone and the Parasympathetic Nervous System

The autonomic nervous system is vital to athletes. It consists of two main branches known as the sympathetic and parasympathetic. Athletes training hard spend large amounts of time in a sympathetic state. The sympathetic nervous system is considered the fight or flight. When the body is under stress this branch of the nervous system is dominant. The SNS becomes over …

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Upper Body Scapular Patterns

Training the upper body isn’t always about the “what,” but more about the “how.”  This article was written and posted at simplifaster.com. Complete Upper Body Training Guide for Baseball Athletes

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Energy System Development Solutions for Baseball Pitchers

Conditioning for baseball pitchers has long consisted of work that is non-specific to the demands of the game. Often, what you find on baseball fields all over America is a combination of long, slow, distance work or high-intensity interval-type sprints with incomplete recoveries. Not only are these not specific to the energy system needed for the sport, but they compete …