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Rick Johnston | Dec 18, 2016 6:34:15 PM

Hey players... is strength the MISSING LINK in your game?

For whatever the reasons, baseball players have generally taken strength training, or simply getting stronger, for granted. Not sure why? It certainly seems, however, that every one of those players is immensely concerned with the mechanics of their swing, or their pitching delivery, or being quicker down the line, or getting jumps on fly balls… Isn’t that an interesting irony? They all want to throw harder, hit for more power and be more explosive, yet, often they seem relatively unconcerned with getting stronger and well organized with their body. Not sure if this really makes sense? Every baseball player, regardless of age, if they truly would like to make baseball a full-time activity, should include some sort of basic to advanced strength program into their daily regimen.

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Topics: strength training, strength training for baseball, baseball, speed, baseball off-season, injury prevention, Sports, sports performance, power

Courtney Plewes | Oct 14, 2015 11:55:00 AM

Mobility vs Flexibility and Why it Matters to Baseball Players

With the changing of the seasons outside comes a subsequent change in training seasons, where many summer sports are transitioning into their off-season. As athletes start to file in from a long summer of playing the sport they love, a common theme emerges - these athletes cannot move. They have experienced a significant reduction in their mobility. As I watch them perform their dynamic warm-ups I notice shorter strides, grimacing faces, partial ranges of motion…I could go on and on. It is tough to watch because I know that it is going to take some time to work through these mobility issues before we can get to the phase where we make them better than last season. With off-seasons becoming increasingly shorter, valuable non-competitve training time is being wasted regaining lost mobility instead of being used to make serious physical gains. 

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Topics: warming up, in-season strength training, off-season strength training, baseball off-season, injury prevention, baseball warm up, ankle mobility, ankle mobs, glenohumeral joint, mobility, sports performance, flexibility, range of motion, hip mobility, thoracic mobility, shoulder stability, shoulder mobility

Ryan Armstrong | Aug 6, 2015 11:02:49 AM

My Thoughts on Cressey Sports Performance's Elite Baseball Mentorship

I was fortunate enough to have attended Cressey Sports Performance's Elite Baseball Mentorship program this past June in the Boston area along with fellow team members here at The Baseball Zone / SST Mississauga, Courtney Plewes and Rick Johnston (pictured L to R with Eric Cressey). This program has provided me with insight that gave me a better understanding of how the body works from a biomechanical perspective. This particular workshop was focused on the upper extremities, especially the elbow and shoulder, two areas that go without saying are extremely important to pitchers - and all throwers - in terms of performance, injury prevention & rehabilitation.

Here is a brief outline of the program and some of my own thoughts:

Day 1: We examined how the shoulder complex should function by looking at movement and symmetry with various athletes. Later that day we went onto the floor and watched assessments performed by Eric Cressey and Eric Schoenberg. Although this may not be my particular area of expertise I learned more about how the body moves so I can better serve our throwers here at The Baseball Zone as well as share this information with our staff.

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Topics: baseball coaching, rehab, pitching, elbow injury, shoulder injury, pitching injuries, injury prevention, elbow strength, baseball warm up, weighted balls, shoulder strength, biomechanics, pitching preparation, sports performance, notre dame, elite baseball mentorship, cressey sports performance, eric cressey, eric schoenberg, matt blake, athlete assessments, boston college, oklahoma state, cape cod league

Courtney Plewes | Mar 18, 2015 6:25:00 PM

8 Reasons for an In-Season Baseball Strength & Conditioning Program

Spring training camps are in full swing, which means baseball season is right around the corner! But don't be too hasty to ditch the gym in place for the field. In-season baseball strength and conditioning is an often over-looked and neglected aspect of a player's in-season routine. BIG MISTAKE!!!! Here are 8 reasons why you should make strength and conditioning a priority this in-season:

1. Reduce Your Chance of Injury

The baseball season is long and hard on the body.  Baseball is also, primarily, a one-sided activity (hitting and throwing). This repetitive motion on an athlete’s dominant side can lead to disaster if they are not prepared for the season or do not maintain their strength, mobility, and function throughout the season.  A properly designed in-season baseball training program can take a proactive approach to avoiding common injuries and breakdowns throughout a playing season.

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Topics: in-season strength training, baseball strength training, strength training for baseball, baseball functional training, off-season strength training, baseball speed, injury prevention, mobility, sports performance, myofacial release, flexibility

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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