Entries by Jarad Vollkommer

Strength-Speed: Customized Mechanics for Baseball Pitchers

This post will focus on “Strength-Speed” which is a type of strength that is described as moving a moderately heavy load at a moderate speed. This is important because when we initiate the pitching delivery we are in fact moving a moderate load, in the form of your own body weight, at a moderate speed, before moving faster and faster as we climb the kinetic chain and let go of the baseball.

Vest Cooling For The Baseball Catcher

Intermittent vest cooling used between innings in baseball catchers was recently shown to decrease perceived exertion, recovery heart rate, and core temperature. The 4-minute interval that was used between innings showed no negative effects on muscle temperature and proprioception. Future research is needed to fully understand the mechanisms of intermittent vest cooling for baseball performance.

Research Review: Weighted Implements and Swing Velocity

Swinging a significantly heavier bat can decrease your swing velocity. On the other hand, warming up with a lighter bat and normal game bat can slightly enhance swing velocity. It is recommended that players should use the bat that they feel the most comfortable with. Future research is needed to fully understand the mechanisms of warm-ups using weighted implements.

Total Motion Release: A New Warm-Up Approach

This article is a summary of the latest research paper in baseball: Comparing the immediate effects of a total motion release (TMR) warm-up and a dynamic warm-up protocol on the dominant shoulder in baseball athletes. A general dynamic warm up is important for increasing blood flow, tissue extensibility, and neuromuscular communication. To get the biggest bang for your buck, perform your dynamic warm up first, and then follow it up with using controlled movements from the TMR system to enhance specificity in the throwing shoulder.

Push Off Ground Reaction Force and Ball Speed in High School Pitchers

If you want to throw hard, you must be able to produce force into the ground that will propel you in a forward direction towards home plate. The linear momentum that is created contributes to rotation of the trunk before ball release. Of the 52 pitchers that were analyzed, the results showed a significant, but weak, relationship between ball speed and ground reaction force. These results tell us that high school aged pitchers are not utilizing their lower half when producing a pitch to home plate.

Visual and Reactive Training for the Baseball Athlete

We can preach mechanics all we want to our hitters, and lift as much as we want in the weight room, but does our coaching really matter if our players aren’t reactive? Reactive and visual training is something that cannot be taken for granted because having these skills are part of being successful in the game of baseball. These simple visual and reactive will keep your players mentally sharp, but they will also allow your players to display some athleticism!