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BBA Podcast – All Things Baseball Performance

Michael Zweifel had me on his Building Better Athletes Podcast a while back alongside Dr. Stephen Osterer.  Dr. Osterer is a physical therapist / strength coach developing baseball athletes in Canada under the name baseballdevelopmentgroup.com.  We talked all things baseball and specifically got into some of the what, and why’s when it comes to screening athletes, the bench press, speed …

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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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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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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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Why we are a 3 day team

Why we opt for 3 day split vs 4 day in the Fall off season: I utilize a High/Low System when designing Fall training plans with our baseball team.  That basically means we train 3 days with high intensity and the other 2 with lower intensity.  Charlie Francis, famous Canadian sprint coach is the one who popularized the High/Low system and …

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Lateral Band Push-Up Walks

We utilize this exercise extensively for our pitchers because of the higher demands on core stabilizers as well as scapular stabilizers. The pecs are often over dominant in athletes yet still require some stimulus due to their importance.  This movement allows our athletes to train the pushup pattern but is secretly just as much of a scapular exercise requiring high …

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8 In-Season Training Tips

I was thinking to myself about our in-season program on our bus ride to the Super Regional in College Station this afternoon and came up with a random list on programming for in-season training.  I use, or have used, most everything on this list at one time or another in the training of  baseball, and football athletes.  Obviously, this isn’t …

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Baseball and BIG Forearms to RAKE

Why is it that baseball has always been so infatuated with forearms. It’s the last link in the kinetic chain to the bat Lots of big league guys have big forearms. Never mind that they are the .01% of athletes at the peak of a professional sport and their genetics may have had a hand in that development Forearms are …