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Why Baseball Players Need Core Strength and How to Get It

Why Baseball Players Need Core Strength and How to Get It By Gene Coleman and Jose Vazquez For years players did sit-ups to develop a 6-pack. As coaches, we now know that a 6-pack has no meaningful place in sports. A 6-pack should be the by-product of an effective total conditioning program, not a primary […]

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Unleashing Power and Performance: The Crucial Role of Strength Training in Baseball

The Importance of Strength Training for Baseball Players

The Importance of Strength Training for Baseball Players By Gene Coleman and Jose Vazquez Once a taboo in baseball, strength training is now is recognized as an essential part of the year-round training program for the sport. Research and practical experience at all levels from high school to MLB has shown that properly designed and

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Hip Abduction Strength Contributes to Dynamic Control of the Trunk and Legs

Hip Abduction Strength Contributes to Dynamic Control of the Trunk and Legs Simple single-leg step-down test (SLSD test) can help assess hip abduction strength, enhance performance and reduce the risk of injury A recent study by medical personnel at USC and California Angles of 180 minor league baseball players indicated that a simple screening test

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Lower extremity power, spin rate and velocity in pro pitchers

Wong, R, et. al. Relationship between lower body extremity power and fastball spin rate and ball velocity in professional baseball pitchers. J Strength Cond Res. 37(4):823-828, April 2023. Lower extremity power has been hypothesized to increase ball spin and velocity during pitching in baseball. Purpose: The purpose of this study was two-fold: To determine the relationship

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Arm Care Exercises – Thrower’s Six

Thrower’s 6 Exercise Program By Nathan Friedman, CSCS, Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball and softball players of all ages are throwing with greater velocity today than in previous years. With increased velocity, especially among players who are fatigued and are not engaged in an appropriate arm care program, there is an increased risk of arm and shoulder

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Lower extremity power, spin rate, and velocity in pro pitchers

RESEARCH Wong, R, et. al. Relationship between lower body extremity power and fastball spin rate and ball velocity in professional baseball pitchers. J Strength Cond Res. 37(4):823-828, April 2023. Lower extremity power has been hypothesized to increase ball spin and velocity during pitching in baseball. Purpose: The purpose of this study was two-fold: To determine the

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Upper Body MD Ball Plyometric Progressions for Baseball/Softball

Upper Body MD Ball Plyometric Progressions for Baseball/Softball By Gene Coleman, Augustine “Augie” Agyei and Al Sandoval A previous article provided the rational, guidelines and lower body plyometric exercises for baseball and softball. (http://baseballstrength.org/plyometrics-for-baseball-by-nate-tamargo/). This post will provide upper body plyometric exercise progressions using a medicine ball from four different positions (tall-kneeling, half-kneeling, lunge and

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Mastering The Machine

Mastering The Machine By Loren Landow, CSCS, Denver Broncos As coaches and trainers, we have many different equipment options for training our athletes. Barbells, dumbbells, isolated equipment, medicine balls, TRX, kettlebells, Run Rockets, Elastomers, Sandbells and bags, weighted sleds, battle ropes and the list goes on. All this equipment exists to further exploit our athletes’ strength, explosiveness,

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