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