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04
26
2017

Velocity Based Training Part 2: Programming

In Part One, I explained velocity-based training (VBT) and why we’ve decided to implement it with our athletes. Today, in Part 2 I will explore how to program VBT individual athletes to best improve their performance. (This article was written by Jack Scheideman, High Performance Trainer at Drivelin...

03
29
2017

Bauer Units and Pitch Comparison

In our article Spin Rate Part 1, we formally introduced Bauer Units. Bauer Units normalize spin rate per velocity, which, as you’ll see, is important when comparing pitchers’ spin rates. Let’s review the Bauer Unit equation: Bauer Units = Spin Rate (RPM) / Velocity (MPH) This is pretty straight forw...

10
28
2016

Elbow Stress, Motus Sleeve, and Velocity

Explaining Elbow Stress and Torque When measuring elbow stress in biomechanic labs it is often peak stress that is being measured. This peak stress often occurs during what many researchers call the ‘arm cocking’ phase of the pitching motion. The arm cocking phase is found between front foot contact...

06
16
2016

Learning to Train With Intent: How Peter Bayer Got Drafted

The 9th-round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays is an unlikely signee. Because, at the end of 2015, Peter Bayer was not a prospect. At the University of Richmond from 2013-2015, the 6’4″ 185-pound pitcher compiled a 7.86 ERA in 87 innings with non-premium velocity. If you looked at my stats, yo...

01
31
2016

Demonizing Weighted Balls – A Review of Criticisms

A common line of argument against training with weighted balls goes something like this: “Weighted balls only train the arm. Good pitching training trains the athlete to use the whole body to accelerate the arm to the target, minimizing injury risk.” This line of thinking makes some fundamental assu...