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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

A TRX Ah-Ha Moment
Michael Boyle
I have another confession to make. I know, if you read my stuff this seems to happen quite a bit. I'm getting very good at saying "I was wrong". OK, I thought the TRX was a silly gimmick. A one trick keep reading

Is Sport-Specific Training a Myth?
Michael Boyle
Strength training is and always will be a major part of the conditioning process for athletes. In fact, nothing seems to help sport performance more than the development of strength and power. This is great news for those of us who've made a career out of helping athletes reach those goals. keep reading

Video of the Week - Inverted Row Progression
Dewey Nielsen
Video of the week comes from site member and contributor Dewey Neilsen of Impact Jujitsu. Dewey has an excellent video of potential inverted row progressions using the TRX. object width="425" keep reading

Training For Baseball, Injury Prevention, and Trends of the Modern Day Ball Player
Dana Cavalea
Article and Audio Interview
The game of baseball places unique overall demands on the player. These demands are the result of a mix of variables, some controllable, others uncontrollable. Variables range from game volume to scheduling, travel, weather, to pattern overload, an overuse result of non-quantified skill training.
The game of baseball, as most of us know, is populated by coaches and players that have been doing things a certain way for many years. The rationale is frequently "this is how it was always done," or "this is how my coach used to do it." Whatever the reason is, when working with baseball players, it is imperative to respect where they are coming from and the superstitions and rituals that many attribute their success to. In professional baseball coaches need to work to educate the athlete on the pros and cons of what they are doing, while at the same time supporting them and the program they are currently using.
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