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.
About Jarad Vollkommer
Jarad is the Assistant Director of Performance at Infiniti Sports Performance (Long Island, NY) that has experience in training athletes of all ages and abilities, as well as research in reactive and visual training for baseball players. His main goal is to bridge the gap between scientific research and application that will give his athletes a competitive edge in enhancing their on-field performance.
Entries by Jarad Vollkommer
There are many baseball players who shouldn’t be stretching at all since they are loose-jointed. The Laxity Test is a great way to determine if a player is going to need more mobility or stability in their training.
The entire focus of in-season training is going to be different than the off-season model. Since baseball is a highly one-sided sport, there will be plenty of muscle imbalances needing to be corrected. Recovery and strength/power preservation are key indicators of keeping you on the field.
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.
4 lifestyle factors that you’re not considering include sleep, nutrition, stress, and soreness. These factors, both negative and positive, have a relationship with each other that affect your baseball performance.
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.
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.
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.
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!