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Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31819d444e
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Game Speed Training in Baseball

Crotin, Ryan MA, CSCS

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Abstract

PROFESSIONAL SCOUTS, COLLEGIATE BASEBALL COACHES, AND ELITE SUMMER LEAGUE COACHES OFTEN ASSESS PLAYERS' GAME SPEEDS BY THEIR 60 YD DASH PERFORMANCES. GAME SITUATIONS AND SPORT DIMENSIONS LIMIT BASEBALL PLAYERS IN REACHING MAXIMUM LINEAR VELOCITY, A CHARACTERISTIC THAT IS MEASURED AT DISTANCES GREATER THAN 102 FT. THEREFORE, IT IS HIGHLY POSSIBLE THAT BASEBALL ACCELERATION TRAINING WILL ELICIT GREATER OFFENSIVE RUNNING IMPROVEMENT THAN THE MAXIMIZATION OF LINEAR SPEED. THIS ARTICLE HAS BEEN DESIGNED INTO 3 PARTS TO PRESENT STRATEGY AND IMPORTANCE IN THE TRAINING OF INITIAL AND TRANSITIONAL ACCELERATION, LEADOFF TO ACCELERATION (STEALING SECOND BASE), AND CURVILINEAR ACCELERATION.

© 2009 National Strength and Conditioning Association

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