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  1. How NOT Long Tossing or Throwing Weighted Balls Could Get You Hurt. -Randy Sullivan, MPT, CSCS

    Wait… What? And here we go again. The long toss and weighted ball police are back at it. I was perusing through twitter last week and saw this blast. “Study. Max Distance Throwing Changes Mechanics and Puts More Stress On The Arm.” It was accompanied by this infograph. First of all… that study is not news. It came out in...
  2. The Side Step Is Satan? by Randy Sullivan, MPT

    OK, admittedly that subject line is a little extreme, I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. It seems like every kid that comes in to see me – especially the ones who have had lots of pitching lessons – does one thing in almost EXACTLY the same way. And frankly, it’s driving me crazy!! What is it you ask? It’s this...
  3. What Can Baseball Players Learn from Powerlifters and Olympic Weightlifters?

    Let me start off by saying that I will not be debating on whether or not baseball athletes should use powerlifting or Olympic weightlifting programs. Instead, in this two part series, I will identify the things that one can take away from each and apply to their own program to make them better, as well as mentioning the negative effects...
  4. Professional Baseball -- An Enigma When It Comes to Pitching

    I can't tell you how many times parents have told me, "My son gets lessons from X, he used to pitch for the organization." My first thought when I hear this is: Who cares, what is he teaching your son? Too often parents, players, and coaches allow themselves to be so wrapped up in an instructor's credentials or former glory...
  5. Being Successful With Your Off-Speed Pitches - By: Gunnar Thompson, NASM-CPT, PES, CPPS

    With season in full swing, you may have discovered a few things that you could improve on. One of these might be your off-speed pitches. Whether it is your curveball, slider, change-up, or split finger, I believe some of the tips I learned while playing could help you with your arsenal of off-speed pitches. The first thing I tried to...
  6. Being Satisfied: It's Not A Good Thing

    We all know Thomas Edison as the famed inventor of the light bulb. Many of us have heard the story of how Edison unsuccessfully attempted to invent the light bulb thousands of times. When he finally succeeded, a reporter asked him about his many failed attempts and Edison replied, "I have not failed, I just found 10,000 ways that won't...
  7. Any Moron Can Make You Sore - by Randy Sullivan, MPT, CSCS

    “Man! My trainer crushed me today! My legs are toast! I’m gonna be sore tomorrow for sure! That was a great workout!” I hear it all the time, and it’s a common flaw in thinking and in training.   Any moron can make you sore. All we need to do to make you sore is to require you to something...
  8. Training for Command

    "Just throw strikes!" I can't tell you how many times I heard that phrase (or some version of it) yelled from coaches, teammates, parents, and fans during my playing days. As you can imagine, it was typically yelled when the pitcher (often myself) was having issues finding the strike zone. I found that phrase to be somewhere between silly and...
  9. Can Command be Learned in Season? BY: Gunnar Thompson, NASM-CPT, PES, CPPS

      The coach looks down the list of pitchers he has available on his roster. He has to make a choice on who starts, who comes in relief, who closes, and who sits on the bench. The majority of the time the coach is going to select his harder throwers. He may decide to pick a few guys who have...
  10. Bowlvalanche! Should Strasburg “Simplify” His Mechanics? by Randy Sullivan, MPT, CSCS

    Bowlvalanche… That’s what I call it. It’s a term I coined a long time ago. Any time 3 or more of anything falls, I call it a “that thing” valanche. This is an Avalanche… This is a Ballvalanche… A Toothpickvalanche And this thing… This accident waiting to happen… If you attempt to add to or take away from this chaotic...

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