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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 …

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Less is More???

I wanted to share one of my favorite quotes applying to the sports training process.  It comes from Thomas Kurz and his book the Science of Sports Training.  “Training is efficient if the highest sports result is achieved with the least expense of time and energy.” I think this is one of the most important concepts that any coach, strength …

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Pitcher vs Position Player Training at the HS Level

The number one question I get from high school coaches is how they should train their pitchers and position players differently.  My usual answer is they most likely don’t need to be trained differently. They Need General Development Too many athletes at the high school level lack general development. It’s highly likely that most high school athletes have a very …

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Regaining the Overhead in Overhead Athletes

Regaining motion following heavy doses of high intensity throwing cannot be overlooked. Throwing causes significant range of motion changes. Any movement activity causing significant muscle damage can alter movement in the days following. Pitchers throwing a large amount of pitches suffer significant eccentric stress, not only in the arm/shoulder but throughout the entire body. Joint distraction forces at the shoulder …

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The Physical vs Skill Battle

Currently we see a huge overemphasis on skill development at the youth and high school level. Skill development in the form of lessons, select teams, showcases, practices all take precedence over actual physical athletic development. In many cases physical development lags greatly behind. There must exist a harmony between physical development and skill development.  All too often many baseball athletes …

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The Performance Block

The Foundation Program, which is detailed in the book Movement Over Maxes, is built around 3 blocks of development.  Those blocks are titled Positions, Patterning, and Performance.  Each has a specific place and purpose in the grand scheme of producing a well moving, strong athlete with a solid foundation for future development. The Performance Block is the final block in …

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The Patterning Block

The Foundation Program, which is detailed in the book Movement Over Maxes, is built around 3 blocks of development.  Those blocks are titled Positions, Patterning, and Performance.  Each has a specific place and purpose in the grand scheme of producing a well moving, strong athlete with a solid foundation for future development. The second stage in the Foundation Program is …

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The Positions Block

The Foundation Program, which is detailed in the book Movement Over Maxes, is built around 3 blocks of development.  Those blocks are titled Positions, Patterning, and Performance.  Each has a specific place and purpose in the grand scheme of producing a well moving, strong athlete with a solid foundation for future development. The Positions Block is the first stage in …