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Larry Jusdanis | Oct 16, 2013 3:08:00 PM

5 Things That Are Making You Less Agile on the Baseball Diamond

Agility is a skill which becomes invaluable on the field, court, or diamond! It is often the person who can change directions the fastest that will be able to to get to the groundball, transition quickly to throwing or simply making better moves on the basepaths. Mangine et al (2013) put some science behind this assertion when they found that pro agility (or the 5-10-5 drill) along with vertical jump are the best predictors of "defensive run value of a player over the course of a professional baseball season."

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Topics: fitness tips, agility training, baserunning, defence, infielding tips, pro agility

Rick Boutilier | May 15, 2013 9:56:00 AM

Baseball Exercise of the Week | "Wrist Extensions"

This week's Baseball Exercise of the Week is "Wrist Extensions”  

In last week’s blog we discussed Wrist Flexions and the benefits associated with strengthening your forearms. This week we feature Wrist Extensions and the multiple muscle groups in the forearm that are strengthened from this exercise. With Wrist Flexions we were working the flexor muscles in the forearm, while this week with Wrist Extensions we are working the extensor muscles. Flexors and extensors oppose the actions of muscles on the other side of the joint. It’s important to work both the flexors and extensors so as not to create a muscular imbalance and to increase strength overall.   

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Topics: fitness tips, SST Mississauga, strength training, in-season strength training, baseball strength training, strength training for baseball, off-season strength training, baseball exercise, weight lifting, rehab, physiotherapy, baseball injury, wrist strength, injury prevention, grip strength

SST Mississauga | May 10, 2013 11:04:00 AM

Baseball Functional Friday | "One-Legged Plate Push"

This week's "Baseball Functional Friday" Exercise of the Week is the "One Legged Plate Push".  

The One Legged Plate Push challenges the athlete to stay low and recruit all sorts of strength, power and stability to propel themselves forward. This is a similar demand to various movements that a baseball player will find themselves making through the course of a game, such as a quick lateral movement to field a ball; bounding out of the box; stealing a base; and moving from a catch to throw position to name the most likely to occur.

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Topics: fitness tips, in-season strength training, baseball strength training, strength training for baseball, baseball functional training, off-season strength training, baseball exercise, weight lifting, rehab, physiotherapy, speed, speed training, sprinters, plate push

SST Mississauga | May 8, 2013 11:49:00 AM

Baseball Exercise of the Week | "Wrist Flexions"

This week's Baseball Exercise of the Week is "Wrist Flexions”.

When you look at some of the best hitters in baseball, especially power hitters, one of the most common physical attributes they each possess is big, strong, powerful forearms. Guys like Josh Hamilton, Mark McGwire and Albert Pujols all possess well developed forearms. These hitters also have what might be termed "quieter" swings than some others like Jose Bautista, and it is possible that their superior grip strength can help contribute to them being more “static” type hitters when it comes to generating bat speed (Don't go crazy - I am not saying they ARE static, just MORE STATIC than some other hitters). These hitters look like they just flick their wrists and the ball jumps off the bat! It is not that easy, but being strong in the wrists surely doesn't hurt at all.

Wrist Flexions strengthen multiple muscle groups that make up your forearm such as;  

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Topics: fitness tips, strength training, in-season strength training, baseball strength training, strength training for baseball, off-season strength training, baseball exercise, weight lifting, wrist strength, hitting power, grip strength

SST Mississauga | May 3, 2013 1:46:00 PM

Baseball Functional Friday | "Sled Crossovers"

This week’s "Baseball Functional Friday" Exercise of the Week is the "Sled Crossover".     

Sled Crossovers are a lower body strengthening exercise that challenges the body in the frontal or coronal plane and helps strengthen the hip flexors, adductors and improves lateral movement. The crossover is used more than you might think on the baseball diamond and becoming stronger and more efficient with this movement will make you a better athlete on the field.  

Baseball players use the crossover movement when;

  • Transitioning out of the batter’s box and running towards first base
  • Stealing a base or advancing a base, you will require a 90 degree turn to your right which will involve a crossover step
  • Infielders'/Outfielders' initial movement when moving laterally and/or diagonally on a batted ball will be a crossover

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Topics: fitness tips, baserunning, strength training, in-season strength training, baseball strength training, strength training for baseball, baseball functional training, off-season strength training, baseball exercise, base stealing, lateral strength, lateral speed

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