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Regressing the Hinge – Part II

In the first part of this series, I discussed the basic pattern of the hinge movement, how to teach it, and common mistakes I see when coaching it. In part 2 of this series, I am going to discuss regressions to the hinge pattern. Not everyone in the room is going to understand how to properly hinge on the first …

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The Hinge Series – Part I

Post contribution on the hip hinge is from current Coach with TCU Sports Performance Andrew Behnam. Parts II and III will follow in the coming weeks. The hinge is one of the most important movements in the weight room. Student-athletes must know how to properly perform the movement and coaches (if you are one) must know how to coach it. …

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Battling Youth Sport Specialization

There are arguments daily on social media about sport specialization with our youth athletes.  I wholeheartedly believe in letting kids play many sports but let’s look at both sides. It’s really a discussion of the chicken vs. the egg.  On one hand the best athletes genetically will have the best opportunities to play multiple sports.  If you’re a really good …

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Should You Be Training to Failure?!?

It’s common in developing athletes to think that training to failure is the best way to make gains in the weight room.  A study done by Moran-Navarro in the European Journal of Applied Physiology compared the time course of recovery following resistance training programs that didn’t and did lead to failure. The study displayed interesting findings on the ability to …

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Pitcher vs Position Player Training at the HS Level

The number one question I get from high school coaches is how they should train their pitchers and position players differently.  My usual answer is they most likely don’t need to be trained differently. They Need General Development Too many athletes at the high school level lack general development. It’s highly likely that most high school athletes have a very …

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Regaining the Overhead in Overhead Athletes

Regaining motion following heavy doses of high intensity throwing cannot be overlooked. Throwing causes significant range of motion changes. Any movement activity causing significant muscle damage can alter movement in the days following. Pitchers throwing a large amount of pitches suffer significant eccentric stress, not only in the arm/shoulder but throughout the entire body. Joint distraction forces at the shoulder …

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The Physical vs Skill Battle

Currently we see a huge overemphasis on skill development at the youth and high school level. Skill development in the form of lessons, select teams, showcases, practices all take precedence over actual physical athletic development. In many cases physical development lags greatly behind. There must exist a harmony between physical development and skill development.  All too often many baseball athletes …

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The Performance Block

The Foundation Program, which is detailed in the book Movement Over Maxes, is built around 3 blocks of development.  Those blocks are titled Positions, Patterning, and Performance.  Each has a specific place and purpose in the grand scheme of producing a well moving, strong athlete with a solid foundation for future development. The Performance Block is the final block in …

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The Patterning Block

The Foundation Program, which is detailed in the book Movement Over Maxes, is built around 3 blocks of development.  Those blocks are titled Positions, Patterning, and Performance.  Each has a specific place and purpose in the grand scheme of producing a well moving, strong athlete with a solid foundation for future development. The second stage in the Foundation Program is …

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The Positions Block

The Foundation Program, which is detailed in the book Movement Over Maxes, is built around 3 blocks of development.  Those blocks are titled Positions, Patterning, and Performance.  Each has a specific place and purpose in the grand scheme of producing a well moving, strong athlete with a solid foundation for future development. The Positions Block is the first stage in …