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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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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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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 …

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Training Rotational Movement Patterns

I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately from high school coaches about our baseball training.  The number one thing is how to implement rotational work into their training.  Many small schools, and/or high schools don’t have access to cables, bands, or even med-balls to supplement their program with rotational training.  Even if they did have access to some of these tools, due …