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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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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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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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What You Don’t Know About the Pushup

This is an article I wrote for EliteFTS.com several years back on the pushup and it’s benefits.  The original article can still be found with no video links so this the updated version.  It’s no secret how much I use the pushup and it’s variations to train our baseball athletes.  It is not only a essential movement in our foundation …

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Shoulder Injuries – Rethinking Your Program

The shoulder is a complex area that gets injured as much as any body part in athletics. Throwing sports are not alone with shoulder problems, football presents is own set of problems as the shoulder is one of the most injured areas as well.  So with that in mind, I threw some thoughts together based on a presentation I gave two years ago …

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Complete Pitcher Training

Being that it’s CWS time and I’m sitting in a hotel room in Omaha I thought I would bring back an article from the past on the training of our pitchers.  This 3,000 word article was featured in Training and Conditioning magazine several years ago after our first CWS trip in 2010. Much of the information in the article and …

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Why FRONT SQUATS reign king

The back squat is not the king of all exercises for our baseball program and here’s why…. 1. Lumbar spine and Pelvis Mechanics The biggest reason we moved exclusively to the front squat over 5 years ago is to protect our kids’ low backs. The front squat goes a long way in keeping the pelvis in a more neutral state compared …

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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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Scapular Instability – 68% and 100%

Many times we often forget that the rotator cuff is not the end all be all with protecting pitchers and the throwing athlete. When the scapula is unable to stabilize, the shoulder, and rotator cuff is where problems occur.  Injuries often occur because of dysfunction above or below the injured segment.  When hamstrings are problems, glute activation is the first …