Scap Wall Slides for Throwing Athletes

Scap wall slides are great for the overhead athlete to activate the serratus anterior, a big time muscle for the overhead / throwing athlete. The serratus is an overlooked muscle in the grand scheme of shoulder function, but it might be on the of the most important for throwing athletes.  Right now, we’re perfomring scap wall slides as an activation warmup series prior to …

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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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

Pull-ups, or Chin-ups

I read this article a while back in the NSCA Journal and forgot about it until I saw a post by Mike Reinold earlier this week.  Surface Electromyographic Activation Patterns and Elbow Joint Motion During a Pull-Up, Chin-Up, or Perfect-Pullup™ Rotational Exercise If you haven’t read the article its pretty evident that it compares muscle activation during the three variations of a pull-up.  …

Happy Thanksgiving

It’s been another busy busy week and posts have been few and far between so I apologize for that.  I’m in the process of moving, which I hate possibly more than anything else.  Earlier in the week I had a post to get out but my internet was down so it hasn’t come to fruition yet.  [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BC2jpyq9rEM] Our baseball off-season …

How to Become a Strength and Conditioning Coach

A friend of mine, Jim Kielbaso, posted a great article at his website www.UltimateStrengthAndConditioning.com.  The article touches on being a strength coach at various levels as well as how to get into the field of strength and conditioning.  It’s extremely informative and insightful especially for those younger coaches who are in the process of making career choices, or still trying …

Activation Circuit

Ya, it’s been a while since my last post.  Life has been super busy lately.  Between fall ball officially ending and our true off-season training for baseball starting up, attending the ALDS, and World Series, as well as a few articles that you’ll see in the coming months, October was busy.  So with that behind me I can hopefully get …