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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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Hydra Running for Recovery and Fitness

Hydra Running for Recovery and Fitness By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E Hydra running has been used by athletes in several sports to enhance recovery and maintain or improve fitness while avoiding the lower-extremity pounding that comes with land-based running.  Several track athletes have set personal best and/or World Records after deep water training and …

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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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It’s Not How You Start; It’s How You Finish” Nolan Ryan’s 7th No-Hitter

It’s Not How You Start; It’s How You Finish” Nolan Ryan’s 7th No Hitter By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E On May 1, 1991, Nolan Ryan threw his 7th no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays in Arlington, Texas at the age of 44. What started as a very bad day ended in a record setting …

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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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Box Step-Downs for Single-Leg Strength, Stability & Balance

Box Stepdown for Single-Leg Strength, Stability and Balance By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E This is a simple, single-leg, ground-based exercise that requires minimal equipment. It can be used before and after practice and strength training workouts by baseball and softball players of all ages and levels of play to increase eccentric and concentric strength …

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