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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...

12
28
2017

Pulldowns: The What, Why, and When

Though controversial pulldowns are a staple of our off-season program, we see them as vital pieces to train athletes to handle the stresses of pitching. But, like everything, they can be misunderstood when not done in the proper context. The What Pulldowns, otherwise known as Running Throws, Crow Ho...

12
21
2017

Plyo Velocity, Weighted Balls, and Replication

The benefit of science is that it continues to grow and develop. More weighted-ball studies have been published, and more will come out. So what we know about baseball training (weighted ball or not) in three, five, and ten years from now will be far more than what we know now. One thing that we don...

10
09
2017

Velocity-Based Training: Device Testing and Review

 Velocity Based Training – or VBT – has slowly been gaining popularity as athletes and coaches look for the most cutting edge methods to train their athletes. With VBT, instead of training for maximal strength, athletes train for maximal speed. In theory, this trains more fast-twitch mus...

09
26
2017

Training Cricket Bowlers with Over & Underload Implements

This is a guest blog post by Steffan Jones decribing how he uses over & underload implements in his training to teach his athletes how to be better cricket bowlers. Steffan can be found at his website cricketstrength.com and on Twitter @SteffanJones105 The pitcher equivalent in cricket is the bo...

04
19
2017

Defining Long-Toss

Recently, a third study was published on long-toss which brought to light some interesting data. Pitchers, PCs, and ATCs with five MLB teams completed an anonymous survey on personal use of long-toss and their perception of distance and throwing mechanics. The results of this survey show that player...

03
23
2017

Weighted Ball Training Gone Wrong

Weighted balls are a useful tool for developing velocity as part of a training program, however, as with any tool, the effectiveness is dependent on correct implementation. There are plenty of ways in which weighted balls can be used incorrectly. Below are six often overlooked facets to a strong...

12
13
2016

The Path to Long-Term Training Progress and Adaptation

In the previous post we discussed the importance of a ballplayer’s first year of strength-training, and how to go about making the most of that first year. Today we will extend from that topic by discussing further the great window of adaptation that novice athletes possess, and why it is impo...

11
07
2016

Learning From the Work Habits of Professional Pitchers

There are a lot of reasons to admire and emulate professional athletes when you are a young amateur student-athlete aspiring for athletic greatness. As a strength and conditioning specialist, the most obvious and observable qualities that I take notice of when working with higher level athletes pert...