Jump Training

A progression of plyometric training meant to move from introductory weight and force acceptance. It starts with basic hopping (alternating legs and small distances), progresses to same leg hopping before moving to more advanced jumping (vertical height emphasis), then on to even greater demands of bounding (horizontal distance emphasis). ALL of these with focus on motor control and always landing in an “athletic position”. This means slightly flexed knee, flexed…

Shoulder Core Circuit

This is a shoulder and core strengthening exercise series with closed kinetic chain emphasis.  Basically, that means your hand is on the ground (versus in the air holding weights or bands like most strengthening exercises).  Completing exercises in this manner focuses on dynamic shoulder stability while also activating your core. For all of the progressions in this video, start on your knees and complete 10 reps on each arm.  Make sure…

Dynamic Hamstring Mobility

Here are 2 exercises that dynamically shorten and lengthen the hamstring complex and the posterior chain musculature. These are active mobilizations – pausing at the lengthening (tightening) phases and gradually moving in and out of these positions.  You could complete 10-15 of each of these several times/day if you are looking to improve your mobility.  

Youth Baseball – What the research says about injury risk

For anyone who is interested in youth baseball or softball, I urge you to pay attention to the numbers…some of the data is staggering.  I would like to make this entire post HIGHLY based in the available research and evidence – not my opinions.  I am basically summarizing what has been researched and published in this post.  Of course, I will elaborate on a few things along the way, but I…

Injury Risk vs. Injury Prevention – What’s the difference?

Preventing injuries.  Is that a realistic claim?  At this time, I am not convinced that it is… First, I think we need to talk about why a prevention/prediction model is difficult and what has to be accounted for if we wish to eventually build one.  While injury prevention is our long term goal, we have too many variables to control for at this point.  Here are a few points highlighted by Kitman Labs,…