Entries by Zach Dechant

Proper Conditioning for the Baseball Player

Conditioning for baseball players has long consisted of LSD: long, slow, distance work. While slow aerobic work has its benefits, it is not the most specific way of training the baseball player. Tempo runs are low intensity sprints performed at 65-75% of max speed. They are essentially the middle ground between full out sprints, and slow jogging.

Acute to Chronic Workload Ratios in Baseball

This article highlights the differences between acute and chronic workload ratios. Take the example of a pitcher that did no throwing over Christmas break and the first week back is expected to reach max long toss distances and throw a bullpen. They essentially went from 0 to 100 in a matter of days. It’s not always on coaches; athletes are just as responsible, if not more, for taking care of their throwing during these breaks. Too much too soon and you’ll be sidelined.