Mobility and Flexibility

  1. 5 Reasons Athlete’s Underachieve - by Coach Ron Wolforth

    The 5 Most Common Reasons 95% of ALL Athletes Underachieve and Never Reach Their God Given Potential  More Importantly…What Can You Learn From The Texas Baseball Ranch™ to Overcome Those Obstacles…and Assist You in Transforming Your Career? Skill development is truly NOT rocket science. Why more people don’t ‘get’ this simple concept I truly have no idea but I’m very grateful for it because in all frankness it affords me a very good living. Continue reading →
  2. A New Twist on a Great Idea by Randy Sullivan

    Company Logo     Dominic was hurt. He was just finishing his first college baseball season and he could barely lift his arm. The 5'11" lefty was topping out at 76 mph, and although he's a pretty tough guy, he said that every time he threw a ball it felt like he was being stabbed in the back of his shoulder. He had been to several doctors and had had multiple X-rays, a CT scan and an MRI, but no one could find any reason for his pain. Continue reading →
  3. Is Improper Weight Lifting A Problem? - by Randy Sullivan

    Company Logo Hi, Last week, a young man flew into Tampa to train with us for a few days. I’ll call him Cade. A barrel chested Lefty who, at 6’0” and 210 lbs, Cade clearly excelled in the weight room, He was having pain in the lateral upper arm and forearm. He said he had experienced the same symptoms during every high school outing this year.  Each day, when he started his throwing routine here, he could only manage about 10 throws before succumbing to throbbing/radiating pain and weakness in his left arm. Continue reading →
  4. What's Your Goal?

    One of the most common interactions I have with coaches and players goes something like this: “Brian, I just got home from the Texas Baseball Ranch (or bought Coach Wolforth’s DVDs) and I am at a loss as to what workouts/drills I should implement and, accordingly, what equipment to buy. Coach Wolforth uses almost all of your equipment at the Ranch (or on the DVD), but we only have a limited amount of time to implement some of the workouts/drills and I don’t know what items are best to purchase. What do you think are the most critical pieces of equipment I should get to help myself/my players? What would you buy if you were just starting out? What was most helpful to you when you were playing?” Continue reading →
  5. Muscle Imbalance in Athletes

    Many sports require an athlete to repeat the same motion or movement time and time again which can cause the athlete's body to become unbalanced. Whether the athlete is throwing a baseball, softball, football, shot-put, or discus, or he is swinging a bat, golf club, or tennis racket, these activities force the athlete to use the same muscles through the same range of motion numerous times. This repetitive use by the same muscle groups causes certain muscles to become much stronger than their opposing muscles and according to Mark Verstegen, founder of Athletes Performance, "About 65% of injuries come from overuse, which is repetitive use of joints that are rendered dysfunctional by muscular imbalances." Continue reading →
  6. Christmas Elite Pitcher's Boot Camp: Day 1

    Today was the first day of Ron Wolforth’s Elite Pitcher’s Boot Camp at the Texas Baseball Ranch and because I will be in attendance all three days I decided that I would post a few blogs about some of my observations while there. For those of you unfamiliar with this camp it is, in my opinion, the absolute best for a baseball athlete, whether a pitcher or position player. Although it is definitely geared toward pitchers, the theme of the 3 day camp is to help athletes maximize their athletic ability by training the body to move faster and more explosively than ever before. Continue reading →
  7. Valslides: Dynamic Body-Weight Workout

    Throughout the year, especially during the offseason, we like to find new and unique workout products to add to our product line. The newest product that we are really excited about and have just added to our list of products is called the Valslide. The Valslide has an amazingly simple design but it provides a tremendous functional body-weight workout. Continue reading →
  8. Drills for Mobility of the Shoulder and Stability of the Elbow

    I want to end my series of articles regarding stability and mobility by talking about the last link of the kinetic chain for a pitcher (or any throwing athlete). This consists of the shoulder and elbow. All of the energy that has been built up by the movements of the delivery have accumulated from the lower half up the spine through the scapula and now require tremendous mobility of the shoulder and stability in the elbow in order for a pitcher to stay healthy. This energy that is generated is beneficial in terms of velocity on the ball but can be detrimental if the athlete is not prepared for the stress that accompanies this energy. Continue reading →
  9. Thoracic Spine Stretch Pics

    During my last blog I discussed some exercises that could be utilized to improve thoracic spine mobility. I ran across these pictures from the Texas Baseball Ranch of athletes performing some drills working to improve their thoracic spine. Continue reading →
  10. Drills for Stability and Mobility of the Spine and Scapula

    This week I wanted to discuss a number of drills which are helpful in improving the mobility and stability of an athlete’s spine and back. As I have mentioned before, different sports place different demands on an athlete. While nearly all sports require an athlete to rely on his/her stability and mobility of the lower half, not all require as much stability and mobility in the upper half. For throwing athletes such as baseball players, the tremendous demands placed on their upper half requires superior stability and mobility in order to stay healthy and continue to perform at the best of their ability. Continue reading →

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