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Rick Boutilier | May 14, 2014 10:30:00 AM

Baseball Exercise of the Week | "External Rotation w/ Elbow Away"

The SST Baseball Exercise of the week is the External Rotation w/ Elbow Away from the body from our Rotator Cuff Series. 

Using a relatively light dumbbell, the athlete sets their elbow on the inside of the knee and slowly lowers the weight for 3-4 seconds. It is important to try and maintain good posture ( chest out and shoulders back). Raise the weight back up in a controlled manner for 1 second without using momentum or swinging the weight. We'd often place it at the beginning of a lifting program, especially for baseball players and athletes with shoulder issues, and keep the rep range from 8-12 reps and 2-3 sets. As with all lifts, tempo and grip and repetitions can be varied depending upon purpose, timing, experience, variability, etc.

In the second part of the video we abduct the arm to shoulder height and keep the elbow bent at 90 degrees for a slight variation.

In the video we have Jamie Richmond and Coach Boots (@tbzboots) demonstrating this baseball strength training exercise. Jamie coached and trained with us in the Winter and spent several years with orgranizations such as Atlanta Braves, Oakland A's and Kansas City Royals.

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Topics: strength training, in-season strength training, baseball strength training, strength training for baseball, off-season strength training, shoulder injury, rotator cuff, throwing deceleration, shoulder strength

Rick Boutilier | May 7, 2014 6:30:00 AM

Baseball Exercise of the Week | "External Rotation w/ Pulleys"

The SST Baseball Exercise of the week is the External Rotation w/ Pulley from our Rotator Cuff Series. 

Using a pulley system with relatively light weight, the athlete locks the elbow of their pulling arm at the same hip and externally rotates the pulley away from the body. It is important to try and keep that elbow as close to the body as possible throughout the movement to maintain focus on the Teres Minor. We'd often place it at the beginning of a lifting program, especially for baseball players and athletes with shoulder issues, and keep the rep range from 8-12 reps with a tempo of 1 second out (away from the body) and 3-4 seconds back to the body. As with all lifts, tempo and grip and repetitions can be varied depending upon purpose, timing, experience, variability, etc.

In the video we have John Mariotti demostrating the exercise. At the time, John was training with us in preparation for his representing Italy in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

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Topics: in-season strength training, baseball strength training, strength training for baseball, off-season strength training, pitching velocity, shoulder injury, rotator cuff, throwing velocity, glenohumeral joint

Rick Boutilier | Apr 23, 2014 12:52:48 PM

Why the 60 Yard Dash Test for Baseball Players is Too Long.

I wanted to talk about the 60 yard dash test and question why it has become the standard baseball speed test for players of all ages - everyone wants to know what your 60 is, right? 

I am a strength and conditioning coach for the Ontario Terriers travel baseball team here in Mississauga, Ontario, and our players have just finished their off-season indoor training which included baseball speed training and testing. Our last session was a testing day, which included a 10 and 30 yard dash. We don't do the 60 because we just do not have the space in our facility to accommodate such a run. But it got me thinking about "why do the kids need to run 60 yards?" Football players attending combines only run a 40 yard dash and a football player would be more likely to run 40-60 yards in a straight line during a game than a baseball player would (visualize a receiver running a fly down the side line for a 60 yard bomb pass form the quarterback). Baseball is different. Let's see how different it is and what a better approach might be for standardized numbers.

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Topics: baserunning, speed training, baseball speed, baseball testing, 60 yard dash

Rick Boutilier | Nov 21, 2013 10:33:00 AM

Baseball Exercise of the Week | "Med Ball Shot Puts"

The SST Baseball Exercise of the Week is Med Ball Shot Puts.

This is a great exercise that helps baseball players develop rotational power. We really want to focus on transferring weight from the back foot to the front foot while remaining balanced. Just like when we hit, we want to use momentum and make sure are hips are travelling towards the pitcher. We then use our top hand to "punch" the ball forward. It's important for hitters to make sure the top hand is strong through contact. Many young baseball players tend to release the top hand too early or not stay strong with that top hand through contact. This can negatively impact ball exit speed.

Here is a short video demo below:

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Topics: baseball strength training, strength training for baseball, baseball functional training, rotational power, baseball exercise, med ball drills

Rick Boutilier | Oct 17, 2013 10:01:00 AM

Baseball Exercise of the Week | "Weighted Ball Wrist Releases"

Once again continuing on the theme of elbow strength, health and stabilization for baseball players, especially pitchers, the SST Baseball Exercise of the Week is Weighted Ball Wrist Releases.

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Topics: baseball strength training, strength training for baseball, injury, baseball injury, pitching velocity, elbow injury, pitching injuries, injury prevention, elbow strength, tommy john, ulnar collateral ligament, ucl, medial epicondylitis, weighted balls, weighted ball wrist releases

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