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Creating Scapular Control

It’s no secret how important the scapula is in the health of an overhead throwing athlete.  A stable scapula gives rise to a healthy, mobile, glenohumeral joint.  The scapula is to the shoulder, what the low back and pelvis are to the hip.  The human body is always stabilizing, and mobilizing at the same time to create motion.  Look no …

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The Forgotten Serratus Anterior

The serratus anterior may be most overlooked muscle in importance for shoulder health in the throwing athlete.  The lower trap (LT), serratus anterior (SA), and upper trap (UT) all work in conjunction to form a force couple known as upward rotation. Upward rotation is of huge importance for shoulder health when it comes to the overhead athlete.  If you can’t …

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The APRE Good & Bad

The APRE is an great method to build strength in novice/intermediate athletes or re-build lost strength quickly.  I use the APRE at various times throughout an athletes duration on campus.  One of my friends and former classmates, Bryan Mann, had a good article on the APRE in this past month’s edition of Training & Conditioning magazine.  If you’re unfamiliar with the …

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What the Soviets Can Teach Us – Youth Athletes

Development of Speed Strength Qualities in Youngsters Theory and Practice of Physical Culture,  1963 O.V. Federov What they did Research was conducted to determine if the complex method of developing speed and strength simultaneously is more effective than its unilateral development.  Training both motor qualities simultaneously has not shown inhibit their development with youth athletes. This study was conducted over …

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Competitive Team Speed Training

Developing a competitive environment within training can be an important piece to continued development.  Competition pushes an athlete to perform, whether it’s in the weight room, or on the field for playing time.  Coaches fully understand the importance the role speed plays, but also realize that it may be the most difficult motor quality to develop.  It requires patience, consistency, and genetics to be honest.  …

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In-Season Development a Priority

The in-sesaon period for a youth or teen athlete can be as important, if not more so, than the off-season when it comes to building their body. A major problem at the high school level are athletes who train hard in the off-season but stop completely when the in-season arrives. The only reason an athlete trains to build his physical …

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6 Lessons in Building Team Culture

Culture is not about building a great team.  Culture is what creates great teams.  It’s fostering an environment where the program becomes greater than the team.  Everyone knows the values, expectations, and roles amid and amongst each other in an atmosphere where leaders lead by example.  Here’s 6 quick concepts to fostering culture in the team setting. Team first The team …

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What the Soviets Can Teach Us – Recovery

Here are a few studies out of the old Soviet Sports Review on the recovery process in weightlifters.  I have broken it down to expedite the message but the results speak for themselves.  The back issues of the SSR are filled with gold.  You just have to do the digging. Recovery Soviet Sport Review September 1980 by Talyshev What they did Highly …

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Individualizing the 5-day Starting Rotation

A pitchers’ weekly schedule is something that should take on a very individualized approach.  What works for one doesn’t necessarily work for all.  Some athletes are very sympathetic dominant and may struggle to recover after outings.  These athletes may require less in the way of high intensity training means throughout the week with more recovery dominant work.  On the flip …

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Specialization of Means

In the beginning stages of athletic development the training allows for improvement of the entire foundation. As the athlete becomes advanced the foundation sharply narrows and must become concentrated. This is why specialization must occur as athletes advance but not prior to a high level of development. Specialization too soon eliminates creating a large motor pool of athletic skills and consequently …