Year in Review

It’s been over a year since I started this site.  Since then I’ve met a lot of people and had a lot of good things come from it.  There’s been over 85,000 views, I’ve posted several articles, and even had an article published in Training and Conditioning magazine on the annual training of the TCU pitchers.   Special Delivery This site …

Pull-ups, or Chin-ups

I read this article a while back in the NSCA Journal and forgot about it until I saw a post by Mike Reinold earlier this week.  Surface Electromyographic Activation Patterns and Elbow Joint Motion During a Pull-Up, Chin-Up, or Perfect-Pullup™ Rotational Exercise If you haven’t read the article its pretty evident that it compares muscle activation during the three variations of a pull-up.  …

The Superdog

Recently, I found a video from Nick Tumminello that puts a new twist on the birddog.  [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6p0nizbm1SI] This is a great glute activation exercise.  Like we talked about before the whole concept of the birddog is to stabilize the spine while the joints around it are mobilized.  By placing flexing the opposite hip you put the pelvis into posterior tilt eliminating lumbar …

Activation Circuit

Ya, it’s been a while since my last post.  Life has been super busy lately.  Between fall ball officially ending and our true off-season training for baseball starting up, attending the ALDS, and World Series, as well as a few articles that you’ll see in the coming months, October was busy.  So with that behind me I can hopefully get …

The Deload – Part I

It is the last week of fall practice for the baseball team and consequently this is a deload week for us at the same time.  We will begin our main off-season training program next week.  It’s my favorite time of the year for obvious reasons.  With it being a deload I thought I’d share a few comments on the stresses of …

Breakout Assessments

Zach, Good stuff here. About to read part two, but my question for you is whether you now perform breakout assessments (Joint ROM testing, muscle strength, etc) as part of your typical evaluation? This is troubling for me in terms of assessment because we only look at these things currently if we see a problem in the FMS with our …

The Birddog

No we’re not talking about Weimaraners here, we’re on the topic of a commonly used exercise that gets run through the mud when it comes to technique. This is one of Stuart McGill’s Big 3 for low back rehabilitation and performance, and one that about every athlete performs at one time or another.  Our athletes utilize this during their warm up …

Rumble Roller

Everyone that reads the blog regularly probably knows just how important soft tissue work is by now.  I harp on it quite a bit but only because I believe in it so much.  Feel like a million bucks today! A few weeks ago we added a new piece to our foam roll collection.  It’s the rumble roller.  You can find more info …

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External Impingement – PART III

Continuing on with Part III of our shoulder series we come to impingement and its different forms.  There is internal, and external impingement.  Each comes with its own set of problems as well as treatments.  If you haven’t caught the other two previous parts you can find them below. Shoulder Mobility and the Fist to Fist – Part I Shoulder Series …

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Shoulder Series and the Sleeper – Part II

We’ll continue our shoulder series with Part II today.  You can catch Part I here if you haven’t already. So with the athlete in question that we talked about in Part I the overwhelming question is what do we do with him now. The non glamorous answer is that he will crush soft tissue work, as well as be manually stretched.  We have to …