Baseball is a pattern overload sport, meaning the same movements are replicated thousands of times throughout a season. Since baseball is a one-sided sport, this pattern overload has the tendency to create muscle imbalances, often leading to injury and decreasing overall performance. Here are a few common problems that baseball players encounter, with suggestions on how to correct them.
About Dr. Dale Bartek PT, DPT
Dale Bartek is a Physical Therapist and performance enhancement specialist with nearly a decade of elite-level training experience and advanced skills in sports performance, manual therapy and functional dry needling. As the founder of Athletek Training Systems & Baseball Performance and athletektrainingsystems.com, Dale has devoted nearly a decade to coaching and researching the major aspects of baseball performance: hitting, throwing, and running. His main goal is to use his extensive knowledge and background in strength and baseball performance training to revolutionize the way athletes look, feel, and perform.
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Every baseball player needs to have a strong, well-conditioned and healthy arm. It can be the deciding factor as to whether you move on to the next level. The primary goal of any throwing program should be to put the arm in the best position possible to be healthy and perform at the highest level. This article contains some key reminders to get the most out of your long toss sessions.
A strengthening program for baseball that doesn’t include rotational movements and “controlled rotation” is simply incomplete. Most of the primary activities in baseball consist of some amount of rotation. Training should closely mimic the movements and energy systems utilized during the game. Try incorporating a variety of controlled rotational exercises and conditioning drills focusing on maximizing hip and core strength and coordination.