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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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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 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 …

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Shoulder Mobility and the Fist to Fist PART I

Since the first week of school is upon us this means one thing for the baseball program at TCU; movement screens.  The last 4 days of my life have been evaluating, measuring, and deciphering movement.  I recently uploaded a few videos that give some quality examples of the overhead squat, both good and poor.  I’ll post on those in the …

Empty Can vs. Full Can

A recent workout brought up a few questions on the validity of the shoulder exercise, the empty can.  The empty can has long been a staple in physical therapy circles when it comes to shoulder rehabilitation.  Dr Frank Jobe, a well known shoulder specialist, was the first the come up with this exercise.  Since then it has become widely known as an isolation execise for the supraspinatus, …

The Other Shrug

I’m sure a lot of coaches and athletes out there have seen the overhead shrug done before but may wonder why it’s good for shoulder health.  Lets start out by examining the anatomy of the scap a little bit.  There are three muscles responsible for upward rotation of the scapula.  Again, upward rotation of the scapula is extremely important for …