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Strategic Exercise Prescription for Baseball: Bridging the Gap Between Injury Prevention and Power Production

Gillett, Javair CSCS; O'Brien, Luke PT; Ryan, Michael ATC, CSCS; Rogowski, Joseph MS, ATC

Strength & Conditioning Journal: October 2009 - Volume 31 - Issue 5 - pp 81-88
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181a1293d
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RESISTANCE TRAINING AND ANAEROBIC CONDITIONING STILL REMAIN THE FOCAL POINT IN BASEBALL ATHLETIC DEVELOPMENT. WHEN DESIGNING ANY BASEBALL ATHLETIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, SPECIAL ATTENTION NEEDS TO BE PLACED ON ACQUIRING SPECIFIC ADAPTATIONS THROUGH DIVERSE MUSCLE STIMULATION AT MANY ANGLES AND SPEEDS, PERFORMED EFFICIENTLY AND APPLIED REPETITIVELY. CREATING LONG-LASTING DURABILITY FOR A BASEBALL PLAYER REQUIRES ADVANCED, STRATEGIC, AND INDIVIDUALIZED EXERCISE PRESCRIPTION CENTERING ON MOVEMENTS THAT INCORPORATE THE HIPS, SPINE, AND SCAPULA.

1Detroit Tigers, Detroit, Michigan; 2Howard Head Sports Medicine, Vail, Colorado; 3Champion Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy Associates, Birmingham, Alabama; and 4Orlando Magic, Orlando, Florida

Javair Gillett is the head strength and conditioning coach for the Detroit Tigers.

Luke O'Brien is the director of Rehabilitation for Dr Richard Steadman, Howard Head Sports Medicine.

Michael Ryan is the director of Sports Medicine and Athletic Development for Champion Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy Associates in Birmingham, AL.

Joe Rogowski is the head athletic development specialist for the Orlando Magic.

© 2009 by the National Strength & Conditioning Association