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Speed and Agility Training for Baseball/Softball

Magrini, Mitchel MSc1; Dawes, J. Jay PhD2; Spaniol, Frank J. EdD3; Roberts, Adam MS4

Strength & Conditioning Journal: February 2018 - Volume 40 - Issue 1 - p 68–74
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000308
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ABSTRACT IN THE SPORTS OF BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL, POWER, SPEED, AND AGILITY ARE ESSENTIAL CHARACTERISTICS FOR SUCCESS. PLAYERS WHO POSSESS THESE CHARACTERISTICS MAY BE ABLE TO COVER A LARGER PORTION OF THE FIELD AND REACT TO SPECIFIC SITUATIONS WHILE RUNNING ON THE BASE PATHS. IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT THE COACH OR STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT DRILLS THAT ARE SPORTS-SPECIFIC TO THE GAME OF BASEBALL OR SOFTBALL. THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE DISCUSSES THE BASEBALL/SOFTBALL PLAYERS' NEEDS AND PROVIDES RECOMMENDATIONS FOR POTENTIAL SPORT-SPECIFIC DRILLS THAT CAN BE COMPLETED IN AN INDOOR FACILITY OR ON THE BASEBALL/SOFTBALL FIELD.

1School of Kinesiology, Applied Health and Recreation, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma;

2Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Department of Health Science, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, Colorado;

3Department of Kinesiology, Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas; and

4Baseball Performance Specialist and Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Chinese Olympic Committee, Beijing, China

Address correspondence to Mitchel Magrini, mitchel.magrini@okstate.edu.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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Mitch Magriniis a graduate teaching/research assistant in the School of Kinesiology, Applied Health and Recreation at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma.

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J. Jay Dawesis an assistant professor of Strength and Conditioning in the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

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Frank J. Spaniolis a professor and graduate program coordinator in the Department of Kinesiology at Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi.

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Adam RobertsServes as a physical performance coach for the Chinese Olympic Committee.

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