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[1 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]
Pitchers vs. the Platform

By Gabe Teeple
Assistant Strength Coach
Vanderbilt University
There has been a long standing controversy in the Strength and Conditioning Profession for many years concerning baseball players and Olympic Style Weightlifting. Olympic Weightlifting in the true since refers to the Clean and Jerk and the Snatch. Olympic style weightlifting requires tremendous athleticism, flexibility, power, and strength. This has lead to its use in many if not most athletic strength training programs over the past thirty years. These complex movements, made to look easy by the competitive Olympic Athletes require years and years to master. These outstanding athletes work …

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[10 Mar 2012 | No Comment | ]
Developing In-Season Training Plans for Pitchers

By David Bass
Strength  and Conditioning Coach
Wake Forest University
At Wake Forest as with many universities our main goal for in-season training for our pitchers is to maintain the strength and power we developed during our off-season and pre-season lifting throughout the season. For sports such as baseball where there is a long competitive season that starts in February and last until June, we want our pitchers to be strong at the end of the regular season and last throughout post-season play.  When developing our in-season training plan for pitchers we first look at our annual plan.  …

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[29 Feb 2012 | No Comment | ]
The Balancing Act : Strength Training In Season

Joe Hermes
Head Strength Coach
University of Evansville
Having a productive in-season strength training regiment is only as good as the off-season preparations leading up and into the season itself. Ideally, the off-season strength and conditioning program was designed and executed in such a fashion that all physiological systems were enhanced to feed into the demands of a Pitcher and muscular imbalances were corrected early on. Assuming that the necessary physiological properties were enhanced through appropriate systematic progressions, a good in-season program focuses on retaining these levels of power and mobility, while minimizing the negative stressors …

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[28 Jul 2011 | No Comment | ]
Training the Core

By Greg Vandermade
Head Strength Coach, Cal State Fullerton
In the world of baseball there are many different elements that must go into training an athlete in order to achieve their optimal performance level. Coaches are often hammering home proper mechanics, shoulder mobility and flexibility, game scheme, and weight training. All across the country baseball coaches are faced with the daunting task of developing strength and conditioning program that will help optimize their team’s and each individual’s performance. Many times a team’s success levels will be determined long before the first pitch is ever even thrown. …

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[20 Mar 2011 | One Comment | ]
Strength and Conditioning at Coastal Carolina

By Brian Gabrial
Strength Coach, Coastal Carolina
I want to start by stating that there are a few successful baseball programs across the nation and, for every one of those, a different means for training during the season, especially when it comes to pitchers.  I am thankful to be working with one of the finest baseball staffs in college baseball here at Coastal Carolina University, who trusts me to do what I do best in training our athletes.  Drew Thomas, our pitching coach, and I work well together with what he wants for the pitchers for the …