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Video of the Week- Downhill 2 Hand Overhead Throw
Michael Boyle - April 27, 2016
Another baseball specific overhead med ball throw. keep reading

Book Review- "THE ARM BY JEFF PASSAN"
Bruce Kelly - April 13, 2016
First, let's be clear about my bias. I am a baseball fanatic keep reading

Video- MB Rotary Overhead Throw
Mike Boyle
Pitchers Rich Hill, Jeremy Bleich and Craig Breslow demonstrate a rotary progression of the standard two handed overhead throw. keep reading

Video- Downhill Lunge
Mike Boyle
Oakland As pitcher Rich Hill performs a " downhill lunge" designed to mimic the increased eccentric forces created when pitching off a mound. keep reading

Are We Looking at This All Backwards? Some Thoughts about Throwing Injuries in Baseball
Bruce Kelley - July 21, 2014
It is apparent that there is an epidemic of arm injuries in baseball amongst pitchers in particular. keep reading

The 25 Minute Shoulder Solution
John Furia - April 25, 2013
Please click the following link to access the PDF for John Furia's 25 Minute Shoulder Solution.25 Minute Shou keep reading

The Real Truth About Pitch Counts
Ron Wolforth - April 17, 2013
This article is a compilation of articles written for Webball on the subject of Pitch Counts and from Chapter #4 The Truth about Pitch Counts, Workloads and Overuse in Coach&rsquo keep reading

Phase 1 Strength Program for Baseball
Dave Rak
Here is a Phase 1 strength program for baseball put together by Dave Rak. keep reading

B.A.S.E.S Baseball/Softball Performance Clinic: December 10th
On December 10th, Jon Haugen will be hosting a baseball/softball seminar for coaches at Central College (Pella, IA). keep reading

Rhythmic Stabilizations
David Rak
When people think of rotator cuff rehab they think of doing external rotation, abduction exercises, or band work. Most people do not think of the main purpose of the rotator cuff and how it is used functionally. The main function of the rotator cuff is to center the humeral head in the glenoid fossa. If the humeral head is not centered then it may migrate within the glenoid fossa and cause an impingement. Michael Reinold of the Boston Red Sox and Eric Cressey use rhythmic stabilizations to increase the stability of the rotator cuff which trains it in a functional manner. keep reading

Training Considerations for Baseball Pitchers
David Lasnier
Baseball places a beating on the shoulders, especially those of pitchers. With many pitchers throwing in excess of several hundred pitches per week, and with glenohumeral rotation velocities reaching 7000°/second (1), it is expected that players develop adaptations in both bone/joint structure and soft-tissue length/quality. For example, pitchers, like other throwing athletes, develop retrotorsion at the humeral head (a longitudinal posterior rotation in the bone, allowing for increased external rotation ROM) which results from years of high velocity throwing (2). From a training standpoint, there isn't much that can be done about these bony adaptations. In fact, these adaptations are likely advantageous, and therefore it would be undesirable to change them. On the other hand, soft-tissue related issues are something we have some control over. These are important to address because soft-tissue adaptations can result in significant ROM losses in the throwing arms of baseball pitchers (3), but I digress, as this could be the topic of an entire article in itself. keep reading

Training Considerations for Pitchers
John Pallof, PT, OCS, COMT, CSCS
Consider for a moment the amount of money that is invested in pitchers every year at the professional level - from signing bonuses for new draftees, to the mammoth contracts signed by pitchers like C keep reading

Overhead Strength Training for the Shoulder: Guidelines for Injury Prevention and Performance Training Success
Robert Panariello MS, PT, ATC, CSCS
Strength training is an important component in the overall performance training of an athlete. With both technique and skill being equal, a stronger athlete has a definitive advantage over their weake keep reading

Swing Speed: From the Floor, Through the Core Part II
Joe Bonyai, M.Ed., CSCS

Part I of "Swing Speed" covered the relationship of movements throughout the body during rotational actions. In the second half of this series, I'll provide a bunch of exercise descriptions and rationale aimed at developing the mobility and stability requisite for safe and powerful rotational movement.
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Swing Speed: From the Floor, Through the Core Part I
Joe Bonyai, CSCS
Training for rotation-related sports requires an understanding of technique and specific biomechanics just like training for any other skill. The goals for this article are to review how force is produced during rotational movements, explain what the body must endure to allow this force to be transmitted efficiently, and to depict the similarities of movement between different sports. keep reading

Strength Training for the Shoulder: Should Throwing Athletes Lift Weights Overhead?
Robert Panariello MS, PT, ATC, CSCS
Should throwing athletes lift weights overhead? During the Rehabilitation and Performance Training of throwing athletes, especially baseball players, this is a common concern often expressed by both players and coaches. The specific baseball athlete where this topic appears to generate the greatest concern is the pitcher. The apprehension displayed by both coaches and players, is due to their fear of the possible adverse effect of this type of overhead training on the shoulder, and more specifically the rotator cuff, and throwing performance. Prior to determining if this type of strength training is not only safe, but of benefit to the throwing athlete, it is necessary for the rehabilitation/sports performance specialist to understand shoulder anatomy and biomechanics, as well as the performance of overhead strength training. keep reading