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Effects of Baseball Weighted Implement Training: A Brief Review

DeRenne, Coop EdD1; Szymanski, David J PhD, CSCS*D2

Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31819d3396
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Abstract

BASEBALL RESISTANCE TRAINING HAS BECOME A MAJOR COMPONENT OF MOST HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGIATE PITCHERS' AND HITTERS' CONDITIONING PROGRAMS. DURING THE PRECOMPETITIVE TRAINING PHASE, POWER TRAINING LASTING 1-2 MONTHS SHOULD INCLUDE A UNIQUE EXPLOSIVE TRAINING REGIMEN CALLED WEIGHTED IMPLEMENT TRAINING. WEIGHTED IMPLEMENT TRAINING REGIMENS USE PRECISELY CONSTRUCTED WEIGHTED BATS AND BASEBALLS IN SPORT-SPECIFIC TRAINING PROTOCOLS. THIS ARTICLE WILL REVIEW THE EFFECTS OF BASEBALL WEIGHTED IMPLEMENT TRAINING IN HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGIATE PITCHERS AND HITTERS AND PROVIDE STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACHES WITH PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS.

Author Information

1Department of Kinesiology & Rehabilitation Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii; and 2Department of Kinesiology, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana

Coop DeRenne is an associate professor at the University of Hawaii.

David J. Szymanski is an assistant professor and the baseball strength and conditioning coach at Louisiana Tech University.

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