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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 …

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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 …