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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...

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...

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...

03
09
2017

Comparison of Elbow Torques Between Pulldowns and Pitching

When ASMI’s weighted-ball study Biomechanical Analysis of Weighted-Ball Exercises for Baseball Pitchers was released, we were excited for many reasons. One of the big reasons was that we would be able to replicate this study. We wrote about that study at length in our article Weighted Baseball Resea...

10
20
2015

The Reinvention of Casey Weathers Part 2 – The Importance of Arm Health

“It’s no joke to try to get yourself from 95 mph to 100 mph in one offseason.” The Bump in the Road When we wrote, previously, about Casey Weathers, his troubles after Tommy John recovery and his return to baseball after two elbow surgeries, the piece ended on a hopeful, positive note – a free...