Movement: Patterns versus Programs

The proponents of Dynamic Systems Theory advocate that there is no central governor pressing an 'pitch the baseball' button in the brain. The believe that movements self-organize as a result of the boundaries or constraints placed on the system; the task, environment,...

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Baseball Performance Under Pressure #1

What is Choking and Why Does it Happen? “90 percent of the game is mental. The other half is physical.” - Yogi Berra Nearly every baseball coach, parent, and player is aware of this famous Yogi Berra quote. And, despite how mathematically incorrect it may be, it...

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Andy Yerzy Selected 52nd Overall

The Baseball Performance Group is proud to announce that our client Andy Yerzy was selected in the 2nd round, 52nd overall, by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2016 MLB draft. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to train Andy this off-season and can say that...

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Can Your Athlete’s Joints Do What You Are Asking Them to Do?

When analyzing lower body mechanics, pitching coaches (and hitting coaches, for that matter) tend to pay a lot of attention to the hips. (Note: If we’re being picky, what they are actually referring to is the pelvis. I’ll explain this subtle, but important difference...

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Preventing the Preventable: You Can’t Out-Monitor Stupidity

A few days ago, I posted on our Facebook group describing two very different scenarios that a couple of our clients went through this season. Both were college pitchers with a history of elbow pain that had restricted their innings and performance in the season prior....

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Spring Training Workloads: Too Much, Too Soon?

The fact that injury rates are highest in the first couple months of the Major League Baseball season (e.g., Posner et al., 2011) is just one of several indications that many professional baseball players are going into Spring Training unprepared. Poorly-designed...

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What We Do to Make Weighted Baseball Training “Safe(r)”

Mike Reinold just launched a great article this week sharing his thoughts on the potential risks of poorly-implemented velocity programs (emphasis on “poorly-implemented”). If you haven’t read it yet, we encourage you to go check it out here. To briefly recap, the...

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