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Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31817fbe8d
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In-Season Strength and Conditioning Programming for Collegiate Baseball Pitchers: A Unified Approach

Kritz, Matthew CSCS1; Mamula, Rob BSc, CSCS2; Messey, Kevin MS, ATC, CSCS2; Hobbs, Matt2

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Abstract

BASEBALL PITCHERS ARE SOME OF THE MOST EXPLOSIVE ATHLETES IN SPORTS. COLLEGIATE PITCHERS MAY BE CONSIDERED A STARTER, MIDDLE RELIEVER, OR CLOSER, YET THEY WILL OFTEN PITCH WHEN NEEDED. THE STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROFESSIONAL SHOULD CONSIDER THE WEEKLY DEMANDS PLACED ON A PITCHER AND DESIGN A STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROGRAM THAT (A) OPTIMIZES PERFORMANCE FOR EACH PITCHING OUTING, (B) REDUCES THE RISK OF INJURIES, AND (C) ATTENUATES DETRAINING DURING THE SEASON. THE RECOMMENDED PROGRAM UTILIZES CONDITIONING PROGRAMS BASED IN THE WEIGHT ROOM, IN THE ATHLETIC TRAINING ROOM, AND ON THE FIELD.

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