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In-Season Strength and Conditioning Programming for Collegiate Baseball Pitchers: A Unified Approach

Kritz, Matthew CSCS; Mamula, Rob BSc, CSCS; Messey, Kevin MS, ATC, CSCS; Hobbs, Matt

Strength & Conditioning Journal: August 2008 - Volume 30 - Issue 4 - p 59-69
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31817fbe8d
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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.

1Institute of Sport & Recreation Research New Zealand, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand; 2University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California

Matthew Kritz is a PhD Candidate Insports Biomechanics at Edith Cowan University and owner of strength for sprot.com.

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Rob Mamula is the Director of Athletic Performance at the University of California San Diego.

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Kevin Messey is Head Athletic Trainer at the University of California San Piego.

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Matt Hobbs is an Assistant Base ball Coach at the University of California San Prego.

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