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5 Reasons Why Pitchers Need to Sprint

I believe strongly in the benefits of speed training for all athletes, including pitchers. Proper speed training helps improve the stretch reflex, enhances coordination, aids in increasing all around hip motion, develops reactivity, and complements strength and power development. It falls directly in line with our overall philosophy of training pitchers to be fast, powerful, and explosive. “Train fast to …

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Active Thoracic Spine Disassociation

The following videos come from my 2016 CSCCa presentation on the thoracic spine.  It is one of our more advanced progressions through our active t-spine rotation.  I say more advanced because of the control it requires from the pelvis, and t-spine.  In the active series, the internal / external obliques control motion versus our lying progressions where we can apply opposite arm …

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The Hip Dominant Front Squat

The front squat has long been a staple in our program but we often differ from others in why we teach the movement the way we do.  The front squat is normally associated with an anteriorly loaded pattern that has a more vertical torso than the back squat.  With the front squat we often see athletes drop straight down into the hole …

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Medball Throw Series

Fall semester intern Colin Feikle gives a brief demo and description of 8 medball throws that we use with rotational sports at different times throughout the year. Generally, we prefer a 6-10# medball with 5-10 reps per side per throw. Side Throw – Focus: Hip rotation Front Throw – Focus: Hip extension into the wall Rebound Throw Focus: Weight transfer …

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RBI Performance Podcast

I spent this past Saturday talking with Blair Bundy, and Steven Reinlie.  Both played college baseball and are involved with the game now in the respective professions.  Blair is a PT in Houston.  Steven is a DC in Austin and spent time as a strength coach early on in his career.  Both treat athletes from little leaguers on up whether it’s rehabbing them from minor overuse injuries, return …

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Hip Matrix w/ Rotation

One of my favorite exercises for creating dis-association of the thoracic spine is the Hip Matrix w/ Rotation.  This movement came to us several years ago from one of our former interns Jeremy Fraden and we have used it ever since.  Dis-association can create high levels of muscle activation, and motor control within a joint or segment of the body.  In this instance an …

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Considerations for Training Overhead Athletes

Guest Post Written by Drew Mitchell UC-Irvine Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach www.twitter.com/uncle_drew80 Drew is a former intern of mine, and one of the smartest coaches you’ll find in the performance field.  He searches continuously for knowledge looking for the best methods to train his athletes at UC-Irvine.  This is a great post that gives coaches another perspective on the training …

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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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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 …