05
16
2018

Youth Injury Series: Growth-Plate Injuries

Growth-plate injuries are among the most commonly reported injuries for youth and teenage athletes—becoming an issue for even 16 and 17 year olds.. Also referred to as Little League Elbow or Little League Shoulder, these injuries occur to an area of the body responsible for roughly 80% of growth to...

05
07
2018

Two-Way Athletes and Considerations for Long-Term Health

According to the Paul Haggen at MLB.com, baseball and softball are the most participated in team sports for youth athletes, with over a combined 25 million participants in 2016 (Haggen 2017). Not only that, but baseball participation has increased 7.7% in 2016 (Haggen 2017). It’s great to see so man...

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...

12
26
2017

Coaches Series: Off-Season Training Focuses

This articles was written by former Driveline trainer and now Head Coach at Lake Erie College, Cam Castro, detailing how to individualize programming to a players needs over the different parts of a season. Around this time last year, and in my first blog post, I wrote about how we were training our...

12
20
2017

Coaches Series: Year-Round Programming

This post from our Coaches Series was written by Justin James, Assistant Coach at University of California, San Diego. He took over there in January 2017, having coached the previous seven seasons at Point Loma Nazarene University.  In previous posts, I covered implementing Driveline Protocols to a...

11
06
2017

Data Collection at the Small College Level

This article was written by former Driveline trainer and current Lake Erie Head Coach Cam Castro. Cam details how to track different pitching metrics at small college level to help pitchers develop. (Twitter: @Castro_Turf) When I worked at Driveline, I was spoiled. Trackman, Rapsodo, Motus, biomecha...

10
26
2017

Changing Pitching Mechanics

There is sometimes disagreement regarding how to change pitching mechanics or if it can be done. Some coaches feel that mechanics are relatively set in stone; others see mechanics as something that can change but with difficulty. Luckily, more research has been done on this topic. Today let’s review...