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Physiology of Baseball Pitching Dictates Specific Exercise Intensity for Conditioning

Szymanski, David J PhD, CSCS*D

Strength & Conditioning Journal: April 2009 - Volume 31 - Issue 2 - pp 41-47
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31819d34de
Articles

THE PURPOSES OF THIS ARTICLE ARE TO DISCUSS TRADITIONAL BASEBALL PITCHER CONDITIONING, GIVE AN EXPLANATION WHY A PITCHER'S ARM MAY FEEL BETTER AFTER JOGGING THE DAY AFTER PITCHING, INFORM THE READER WHY LACTIC ACID DOES NOT CAUSE THE MUSCLE SORENESS A HEALTHY PITCHER EXPERIENCES AFTER PITCHING, AND GIVE POSSIBLE REASONS FOR UNACCUSTOMED THROWING ARM SORENESS. ADDITIONALLY, THIS ARTICLE DESCRIBES THE ENERGY REQUIREMENTS FOR BASEBALL PITCHERS, DESCRIBES RESEARCH THAT HAS EVALUATED INTENSITY OF HEART RATES WHILE PITCHING AND CONDITIONING, AND PROVIDES READERS WITH A PRACTICAL EXAMPLE OF A 5-DAY STARTING PITCHER'S CONDITIONING SCHEDULE.

Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana

David J. Szymanski is an assistant professor and a volunteer assistant baseball coach at Louisiana Tech University.

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