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The Effects of Small Muscle Training on Baseball Hitting Performance: A Brief Review

Szymanski, David J PhD1; DeRenne, Coop EdD2

Strength & Conditioning Journal: December 2010 - Volume 32 - Issue 6 - pp 99-108
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181fda2da
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A CONTROVERSEY EXISTS IN RESISTANCE TRAINING FOR BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL HITTERS. TRADITIONAL AND ANECDOTAL “HERESAY” SUGGEST THAT STRENGTH COACHES SHOULD HAVE PLAYERS TRAIN THE SMALL FOREARM, WRIST, AND HAND MUSCLES FOR INCREASED BAT VELOCITY. CURRENT BASEBALL/SOFTBALL RESEARCH SUGGESTS THAT THIS MAY NOT BE CORRECT. THIS ARTICLE WILL REVIEW THE EFFECTS OF SMALL MUSCLE ACTIVITY WHILE SWINGING A BASEBALL BAT, THE KINEMATICS OF SWINGING A BASEBALL BAT, AND THE EFFECTS OF STRENGTH TRAINING ON HITTING PERFORMANCES.

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

David J. Szymanski is an assistant professor and director of the Applied Physiology Laboratory at Louisiana Tech University.

Coop DeRenne a professor at University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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