09
13
2018

Priming a Hitter’s Brain: EEG Case Study Part 2

As more metrics become readily available for use in sport performance, we’ve seen baseball go through changes on and off the field, both strategically and developmentally. In Driveline’s never ending quest to optimize player development, one metric that we’ve started to investigate is brain activity...

09
06
2018

Implementing Command Training Into Team Practice

Last time, we discussed if sacrificing intent is beneficial for improving command. Research looking deeper into the Speed Accuracy Trade-Off and human movement reveal it is not. We know proprioception plays one of the largest roles in throwing strikes and commanding the baseball. Improving proprioce...

07
26
2018

Uncommon Points from Weighted Ball Research

Previously, we’ve discussed various updates on weighted-ball research: both on biomechanical findings from ASMI and from a variety of long-term training programs. More research is a good thing, and as we look back on what we think we know, there are some interesting points that are not often discuss...

07
19
2018

A Look at Long Term Weighted Ball Research

Weighted balls continue to be a hot topic of discussion in baseball. We’ve written about weighted-ball research before, and with new research coming out recently, we felt it was time for another update. How We’ve Gotten Here Many years ago, a number of studies looked at weighted balls and how...

07
17
2018

Comparing Coaching Philosophies

Our methods for teaching hitting and pitching differ from most. While there are many different styles of coaching, even those who have seen or worked with such variety find that our methods stand out in a number of ways. We’ve previously discussed various reasons for why we use weighted balls and wr...

05
23
2018

Youth Injury Series: Spondylolysis

In previous posts, we have discussed chronic overuse injuries to the upper and lower limbs. The last area of discussion in regard to common youth injuries is stress injuries to the lumbar spine. The main injury of focus is spondylolysis, more commonly known as a stress fracture or stress reaction, a...

05
06
2018

A Closer Look at Sport Specialization

During the draft of every major sporting event, the topic of “sports specialization” is guaranteed to come up. You’ll probably end up seeing plenty of graphics like this: Undoubtedly, there will be people who point out that many top-draft picks were multi-sport athletes, and because of that, you sho...

03
08
2018

Assessments, Data, and Individualization

Individualization is seen as a must have with training programs. While this is good, it doesn’t come without some misunderstandings. We’ve touched on some of those issues before, but it sometimes seems like people get confused by what individualization means in relation to sports. At times, individu...

02
15
2018

The Pitfalls of 2D “Biomechanical” Analysis

Everyone wants to do what they can to prevent baseball injuries. With the increase in different technologies (wearable technology and high-speed cameras) and decreases in prices, there has been a shift in what coaches and players can do to examine their performances. Of course, as helpful as this te...