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Scapular Instability – 68% and 100%

Many times we often forget that the rotator cuff is not the end all be all with protecting pitchers and the throwing athlete. When the scapula is unable to stabilize, the shoulder, and rotator cuff is where problems occur.  Injuries often occur because of dysfunction above or below the injured segment.  When hamstrings are problems, glute activation is the first …

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Rapid Rise of Brandon Finnegan

Great article by ESPN on the rise of Brandon Finnegan this summer to the big league’s and his contribution over the playoffs thus far! 4 months ago, we were working on his hip flexibility, taking care of his arm, and joking around on Saturday mornings after his starts and now he’s holding his own in the MLB Playoffs.   Great story …

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Wall Angel Series

This video is on our wall angel series which might be the best scapular movement we do.  When done correctly, wall angels are one of the hardest exercises I’ve ever done.  Simply put they aren’t fun and they will make athletes sore in area’s they didn’t know exist.  We generally perform wall angels for 3-5 reps with controlled tempos as in a …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …