The SST Baseball Exercise of the week is the Power Sled Hip Extension with shoulder raise.
Baseball players need to generate a great deal of power from their hips when hitting and throwing. The hips are the key link between the upper and lower body extremities. We use a lot of hip extension work in our baseball programs to help strengthen the posterior chain (low back, glutes, hamstrings). This is important for baseball players as this movement will help teach you how to transfer force using the kinetic chain, starting with your feet and ankles, through the knees and hips to the upper body.
Baseball players need the perfect blend of power, balance and weight transfer to generate the most force out of their body and any weak links or poor synchronization can result in loss of power and/or injury. That's why it's important to have a fitness assessment with muscular imbalance testing, to identify any weak links in the kinetic chain. Once you have strenghtened your weakest links, you can really start to develop as an athlete.