Many baseball players and coaches are mislead when it comes to programming pressing exercises and variations while strength training. This article delves into how to create proper external rotation of the shoulders and the role of the scapulae and upper back for baseball players. Finally, it breaks down exercises that are best for utilizing the upper back, and are thus most effective.
How do I become confident in myself as a baseball player? This is a question I have been constantly exposed to over the years having struggled mightily with confidence myself. I have concluded that confidence on the baseball field starts with the ability to feel comfortable in your own skin as a human being. When you truly come to grips with the notion (it’s hard, trust me) that I am a worthy human being, regardless of my performance on the field, a huge weight will be lifted off your shoulders, allowing you to play free, loose, relaxed and be more successful.
Weighted baseball velocity programs continue to rise in popularity in baseball pitchers of all levels despite us not knowing why they may improve velocity, the long term effects on the body, or the most appropriate program to perform. This article summarizes the results of a 2-year research study we have performed on the safety and effectiveness of weighted baseball velocity training programs.
Knowing when to shut down after a demanding period of time and how to best prepare the arm in the off-season is the key to maximizing a pitchers health, strength, endurance and recovery period in season. Without well timed rest and a clear intention of how to best prepare the arm in the off-season, pitchers may wonder why they are lacking endurance or velocity in season, or even worse, why they may be breaking down. When pitchers truly understands the importance of “resting” and “rebuilding” their arms over a substantial period of time (4-6 weeks) in the off-season without stepping on a mound, they will best position themselves to not only peak at the right time (beginning of the season), but maintain or even enhance their base throughout the season.