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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

Jeff Overholt | Feb 27, 2014 1:30:00 PM

Peak Height Velocity & Its Implications for Youth Baseball Players

This blog comes from our colleague Jeff Overholt, Co-Founder of Golf Performance Coaches and PGA of Ontario 2013 Coach of the Year. This entry was initially published on the Golf Performance Coaches' blog under the title of "'Growing Up' - Acorns Becoming Oak Trees". Please visit their site for more excellent junior athlete development information.

Can you guess which of these junior golfers is the oldest? Which player would have an advantage if they were all competing on a golf course which was around 5500 yards?

Believe it or not the player on the left is actually the youngest (chronological age), but he is the oldest from a development age standpoint. Developmental age refers to the child’s age of physical, mental, emotional or intellectual maturity as opposed to chronological age, which represents the number of years and days which have elapsed since birth.

These concepts are very important for coaches and parents to understand if they have athletes of any sport between 10 – 15 years of age. During this time, children typically go through their growth spurt and hit a critical marker in their development called Peak Height Velocity (PHV).

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Topics: baseball strength training, strength training for baseball, baseball exercise, baseball skills, Motor Skills, physical mistakes, LTAD, peak height velocity, Long term athletic development

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

Rick Boutilier | Oct 10, 2013 12:28:00 PM

Baseball Exercise of the Week | "Ulnar Flexions"

Continuing on the theme of elbow strength, health and stabilization for baseball players, especially pitchers, the SST Baseball Exercise of the Week is Ulnar Flexions.

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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, ulnar flexions, tommy john, ulnar collateral ligament, ucl, flexor pronator mass

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