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Game Speed Training in Baseball

Crotin, Ryan MA, CSCS

Strength & Conditioning Journal: April 2009 - Volume 31 - Issue 2 - pp 13-25
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31819d444e
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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.

Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, School of Public Health and Health Professions, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York

Ryan L. Crotin is a baseball physiologist and doctoral candidate in the Department of Exercise Science at the University at Buffalo and is also an associate minor league strength coach for the St. Louis Cardinals and an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the University at Buffalo baseball program.

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