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Throwing to Warmup

Throwing is NO warmup A problem I see often is athletes who dismiss the importance of a proper warm-up and none other come to mind more than pitchers.  All too often pitchers throw to warmup instead of warmup to throw.  This is still a huge problem in my eyes at all levels of play. Too often I see young athletes do …

Training the Rotator Cuff to Failure

I found a couple of interesting studies done on the effect of fatigue on shoulder proprioception.  The rotator cuff has essentially two functions: to stabilize and depress the head of the humerus in the glenoid fossa.  The following studies show how fatigue can create dysfunction in the shoulder.  Effects of Muscle Fatigue on and the Relationship of Arm Dominance to Shoulder Proprioception …

Movement Screening

I got a question this past weekend from an athletic trainer on my article he saw in the December 2010 Training and Conditioning Magazine.  Special Delivery I read the article that you wrote in December of 2010 about the screening process and conditioning routines that you put your pitchers through throughout the year. We utilize a similar process that I …

2011 CSCCa Conference Review

The CSCCa National Conference was this past week in Kansas City.  Our staff had a good time and it was a much-needed break from the grind of the semester. I spoke on the topic of Training Considerations for Rotational Athletes.  I thought it went great and received some great feedback as well.  I enjoyed the opportunity and had a fairly large crowd …

Youth Pitching Injuries

A very interesting study was recently published by Dr. Glenn Fleisig in the American Journal of Sports Medicine.  The study followed 481 youth baseball pitchers ages 9-14 for a ten year duration.  Risk of Serious Injury for Young Baseball Pitchers A 10-Year Prospective Study What the study found was that the athletes that pitched more than 100 innings per year were 3.5 times …

Year in Review

It’s been over a year since I started this site.  Since then I’ve met a lot of people and had a lot of good things come from it.  There’s been over 85,000 views, I’ve posted several articles, and even had an article published in Training and Conditioning magazine on the annual training of the TCU pitchers.   Special Delivery This site …

Pallof Press

Quickly becoming one of my new favorite movements is the Cable Pallof Press.  We have used these with bands for years prior to having cable machines in our weight room, so there are other options for those of you who are without cables.  The movement trains anti-rotation of the the trunk.  Creating strength through anti-rotational exercises also produces strength in rotational exercises, …

Beginner Reads

Something I continually preach to our interns is that you should read anything you can get your hands on.    Read, read, read, and read some more.  Even when it may be something you disagree with, there is still an opportunity to learn from it.  A question was recently raised from an intern about what literature I would recommend for someone …

2011 NCAA Baseball Season

Well tonight marks the start of the Horned Frogs 2011 Baseball season.  I’m excited for not only tonights matchup  vs. the Jayhawks but for the weekend series to see what this years team will be made of. TCU Baseball 2011: Quiet Confidence from Red Productions on Vimeo. This is the intro video for this season.  I haven’t watched it yet …

Great Interview w/ Shon Grosse

One of our strength coaches led me to an interview today at Bret Contreras’ website.   It’s with physical therapist Shon Grosse.  Shon touches on great points such as being a great strength coach means being a great coach first and foremost.  This is an often misunderstood especially with young pups getting into the field of strength and conditioning.  They know the …