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Acute to Chronic Workload Ratios in Baseball

As the season fires up baseball athletes everywhere will be preparing their body for practices and games.  Understanding workloads and what an athlete is prepared for is incredibly important to keeping injuries at bay.  The acute to chronic ratio is nothing more than an athlete being prepared for what they’re about to do.  This article was written for elitebaseballperformance.com. Acute …

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3 Guiding Principles to In-Season Training

Don’t Lose Motion Joint motion often gets overlooked as a part of training programs, especially in-season. Motion, often loses out to strength, and power development in the grand scheme of time but restoring tissue length may be just as important as anything to keep athletes on the field. It’s well known that pitchers can easily lose motion in their throwing …

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Ahead of the Curve PODCAST

Was really fortunate to receive a call several months ago from a high school coach in the metroplex by the name of Jonathan Gelnar @J_Gelnar7.  He runs a great baseball specific podcast called Ahead of the Curve.   If you haven’t checked it out yet make time to do so as he’s put out a wealth of information from a variety of coaches. Ahead …

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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 …