Hit the Brakes to Throw Hard!!!

The ability to decelerate is vital to the success of any throw when the goal is to maximize velocity.  We always like to focus on how our muscles can produce force with concentric movements while little attention is paid to the eccentric portion of the movements we use when throwing.

Here are two easy drills that you can implement on field or in the weight room to improve your ability to decelerate with your lower body.  These moves emphasis the eccentric portion of the sport specific motions that both legs individually perform when throwing a baseball off the mound or otherwise.

Front Leg Brakes:

plyo - single leg brake (2)

  • Jog forward then leap into the air off your back leg (right leg for right handed thrower).  When you land on your lead leg try to stick and absorb the landing trying to stop on a dime.
  • The pitcher in the video is a lefty and is sticking his landing on his right leg.
  • As you progress add more speed in your approach jog and/or height off your back leg when you leap into the air.
  • Hold the decelerated position for a second before pushing yourself back forcefully the repeat the next rep.
  • Promote the athlete to with a more vertical torso – the video above the athlete is displaying too much forward lean.  Don’t let your head get over your knee of the landing leg.

Back Leg Brakes:

Lateral Overload Eccentric Jump

  • Here we are trying to overload the eccentric loading of the back leg.
  • Jog slowly then leap off your lead leg (left leg for right handed throwers) into the air.
  • We want more vertical loading so the vertical jump portion is more important than your approach speed.  This is opposite of what we want with the previous drill that focused on overloading the lead leg.
  • While in mid-air rotate 90 degrees so that you land on your right leg with your foot sideways like it is on the rubber.
  • Stick the landing while allowing your knee to bend anywhere between 15 and 45 degrees of knee flexion.  This amount will be determined by how much knee bend you employ when you throw which is different between pitchers.
  • The two images in the middle represent a rough guide of how much knee bend we want.  The one of the far left would be zero degrees while the one of the far right is about 155 degrees.

knee bend

  • Stick the landing here by decelerating into a stop as fast as your can then jump out of the drill with a horizontal jump.
  • Promote the landing with the cue of sitting back into their hips.  Look for a more vertical shin.

Additional Notes:

  • Both of these drills can be turned into a plyometric drill by not stopping and immediately jumping back in the opposite direction.  This should only be done when the athlete has proven that they can control themselves by coming to a complete stop QUICKLY at the given speed and jump height that they are using.
  • Because the eccentric portion of any movements is going to be primarily responsible for any soreness that you experience don’t do a lot of these the day or two before a big game.  Once you have introduced your body to these movements you can then start to use them more regularity and closer to competition.
  • The focus is quality over quantity.  I know we hear this all the time but I really mean it here.  These movements don’t seem like much but they are stressful on your muscles so keep the volume low.
  • Try 3 sets of 5 each.  Rest 2-3 minutes between sets – this is a perfect time to do some stuff like arm care, mobility or core drills.
  • Perform both drills with each leg.  This allows for more rest in between and it is important to provide some symmetry.

Graeme Lehman, MSc, CSCS

Custom vs. One Size Fits All Throwing Mechanics

Every baseball player remember’s the first year they went from “one size fits all” to profit hats.  Getting a hat that is customized to fit your head makes you feel like a big leaguer!!!

Its too bad that most players only ever get the “one size fits all” type of advice on how to throw the ball rather than getting “profit” mechanics customized to fit them just like their hat does.  Would you tell a short pitcher to throw the same way as you would a tall pitcher?  What about other attributes that make up a players physical profile like body weight, muscular strength, elasticity, limb length, the list goes on.

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Even if your “one size fits all” approach to pitching is scientifically based each pitcher might be missing out on some MPH’s based on their unique strengths and weakness’that makes up their profile.

Getting customized throwing and training advice based on an athlete’s physical profile would stack the odds in favor of producing more high velocity throwers.  Sure the “one size fits all” works for some athletes but in doing so we are relying too much on luck.

To illustrate my point throughout this article and next one or two in this series I am going to use Aaron Sanchez (6’4″ & 200lbs) and Marcus Stroman (5’8″ & 180lbs) as examples.  These two are clearly different from one another physically yet they both produce a pretty good end result in regards to MPH’s and overall nasty stuff.  stroman and sacnhez standing

I picked these two because living in Canada I got to watch and study them the more than anyone else.  Not to mention the fact that I have already used these two as examples of what I might look for in selecting players to draft, read that here, and I already had a cheat sheet about Stroman’s mechanics that Kyle Boddy put up on the Hardball Times, check it out here.

Building Physical Profiles

I like to think of  pitchers as the race cars that you get to select when you play a video game.  Sure they share many common characteristics like each having 4 wheels,  a big engine, a steering wheel and great tires along with the fact that they all go really fast.  But when you select a car you look at its profile to tell you how this car produces its velocity and how it might differ from other cars so that you know how to take advantage of its strengths and weakness when you race.

race car one


car 2

Below are some profiles that I put together for Sanchez and Stroman.  These profile are by no means exactly accurate since I have never assessed either of these athletes but they are generalization from what I have seen when they pitch.  The goal is only to help illustrate a point.  Here is what Aaron Sanchez’s profile might look like.

pitching chart 2.003Sanchez obviously has some long levers and judging by some of the positions that he can get himself into has some good mobility too, great combination!!!  The rest of the values again are just arbitrary but they are just there as an example that we can use to compare against Stroman’s profile, which can be seen below.pitching chart 2.004

Stroman obliviously isn’t tall or long like Sanchez but he does have great levels of muscular strength and power which enables him to make up for his lack of size in order to produce similar results to Sanchez on the radar gun.  Don’t worry too much about what each column represents, we will go over that in part 2.

For now let’s look and compare these two pitcher and their mechanics.  In sticking with my race car analogy I am going to refer to different stages of the delivery as different gears that any driver must go through in order to reach 100 mph.  Having a car a with a big engine doesn’t do you any good unless you know how to drive it properly.  If you can’t shift gears the right way and on time you may never reach your top speed and if you do its probably going to take to long and by then the race is over.

Here is how I am going to classify the gears as they relate to pitching for this article.

  • 1st Gear – Back Leg Load & Unload
  • 2nd Gear – Front Foot Contact
  • 3rd Gear – Back Hip Rotation
  • 4th Gear – Max ER (external rotation)
  • 5th gear – Ball Release

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1st gear – Back Leg Load and Unload

I am going to spend a bit more time here compared to the other gears for a couple of reasons:

  1. Its the one I know the most about.
  2. If you mess up here there is no way that you can reach your fifth gear in time with enough energy.  In my opinion a bad 1st gear makes you try to compensate to produce the kind of velocity that you want which increases your odds of injury.

storman load

Let’s start with Stroman’s back leg loading with this picture above showing him sitting back and loading his lower half.  Here is what Boddy had to say about Stroman’s loading and unloading of the back leg in what he referred to as “The Shift”

“He gets down the hill quickly, having a glute/hip-dominant stride rather than a leg-driven stride”

To tell if a stride is leg-dominant or glute/hip dominant you need to look at the angle of the shin.  These pictures below show the difference between loading up the hips (on the left) with a more vertical shin compared to using a more angled shin which recruits more of the leg muscles (i.e quadriceps) to execute the deadlift and squat movements.

knee vs. hip

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Check out the picture and video clip below from the center field camera to give use a better idea of what kind of shin angle Stroman uses.

storman back side load

storman highlights

Stroman has the ability to sit back a lot which really lets him load up his hips more than most people because he has the strength and coordination not to fall over.  Sanchez and his crazy long legs might not be able to do this as efficiently.Aaron-Sanchez back leg load

This is a really young Aaron Sanchez in his Gulf Coast days but you can see that his shin is angled thus making his loading more leg dominant than Stroman’s.  Its not to say that Sanchez doesn’t use any glutes/hips to generate power its just that he uses his quads more that Stroman does.

sanchez back leg

Above is a more up to date video of Sanchez throwing.  You can even see that when he comes set he has preset that shin angle to be more quad dominant.

2nd Gear – Front Foot Contact

The main difference that we are going to see again between these two is the angle of their shin.  This time I am looking at the left shin and the angle that it makes when the foot hits the ground.

storman strideBelow you will see Sanchez with a more vertical shin compared to Stroman above.  However if you were to draw a straight line from their left foot to their left hip the difference wouldn’t be as drastic as the difference in their shin angle.  Sanchez just has more knee bend.

sanchez stride side

Here they are from the first base side where again you can see an obvious difference in their angle of attack with their lead foot just an inch or two off the ground.

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When you look back at their video’s you can see that despite the fact that their land in different positions they both have strong front legs that enable them to transfer (i.e shift gears) energy up the chain towards the upper body.

Here is a video of Sanchez demonstrating a good strong front leg.

sanchez side gif

 Here is a link to a recent article I wrote about the importance of a strong front leg.

3rd Gear – Back Hip Rotation

I just call this “back hip rotation: since it initiates all of the rotational power.  Its a period of time that happens between front foot contact (2nd gear) and max ER (4th gear).  This is when max hip and shoulder separation occurs, the amount of which will depend on each player’s mobility.

at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 11, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.

storman seperation

These pictures aren’t at the exact same point in the delivery but they both show us how they get a stretch across the the right pectorals which are strong internal rotators of the shoulder.  Their hips have squared up to the target prior to their shoulders giving them power from the separation.

4th Gear – Max External Rotation

This point of the delivery has been shown to be another key vital position and the more ER you can get the better.  Until you get hurt that is.

It is nearly impossible to draw a comparison to the exact amount of external rotation that they both get without getting them inside a well equipped exercise science lab so I am going to show them both from the 3rd and 1st base sides.

Jun 6, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman delivers a pitch against St. Louis Cardinals as he earned the win in a 3-1 decision for the Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

sanchez er thrid base

storman max er first basse sanchez max er

Boddy made the comment how Stroman debunks the notion that you have to be squared up to the target as you finish.  You can see from the picture below that his left shoulder is well behind his right shoulder.  Maybe this is strategy that Stroman has adopted to make up for the fact that his arms aren’t as long as most pitchers at his level of competition.

5th Gear – Ball Release

The shin angle is still different between the two pitchers as are a couple of other things.

storman release

sanchez release

Notice some similarities like the back foot either off or coming off the ground and the ball released out in front of their front foot as a result of their trunk being angled.

I look forward to part 2 where I can start to dig into the physical profiles and how they might be used to build better mechanics.

Graeme Lehman, MSc, CSCS

Griffey and Pizza – My Hall of Fame Blog Post

The inspiration for this post came from this year’s Hall of Fame vote and the irony of having both the highest draft pick, Ken Griffey Jr., and lowest draft pick , Mike Piazza,  being selected in the same year.  This really shines a light on scouting and player development and since I’ve written a lot about these subjects I felt it necessary to dedicate this post to this years Hall of Famers.  Not to mention the fact that I am a huge Ken Griffey Jr.  fan and I couldn’t pass up the chance to write about him.   griffey

I’ve used his picture numerous times on this site due to his athletic ability and showing us what a true 5 Tool player looks like.  In fact if you look up what 5 Tool player is on Wikipedia you should find his picture!!

Ken Griffey Jr. is also the definition of a “can’t miss prospect” which is why he was selected first overall in 1987.  This term had been used for many if not all of the 22 players that were selected 1st overall before him dating back to Rick Monday in 1965. Yet Ken Griffey Jr. is the first one to reach the hall of fame.

By contrast look at how long it took football, hockey and basketball to draft a player first overall who eventually was inducted into the hall of fame.

  • NFL – Bill Dudley 1942 (7th year)
  • NHL – Gilbert Perreault 1970 (8th year)
  • NBA- Elgin Baylor 1958 (12th year)

So what took baseball so long?

I don’t want to sound critical of how things are done in baseball at the professional level because there are a lot of different factors that go into selecting and then developing a hall of fame caliber type of player.

Here are three of the biggest factors I can think of:

  • Age: baseball typically drafts players at much younger age (out of high school) than other sports.
  • Sport Skill vs. Athletic ability: baseball is a sport that places more of an emphasis on sport skill which is harder to develop compared to physical ability. Picking the biggest, fastest and strongest guy in baseball isn’t going to pan out in baseball as often as it does in football and basketball.
  • Injury: while ever sport has its fair share of career’s that were ended early or hindered by injury baseball ,because of its nature, probably has a higher frequency due to stress caused by throwing.

Ken Griffey Jr. will be not be the only first overall pick in the HOF for long. Three years later Chipper Jones was selected by the Braves and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in the HOF someday when he is eligible.  There are other promising ones as well like David Price, Bryce Harper and Alex Rodriguez*****(is that enough asterisks?)

So this means that things are getting better but I think that there is a lot that can still be done to improve how players are both selected and developed to increase the accuracy of their future projections.

Here are a couple of articles that I’ve written about this subject if you wish to read more

This year’s Hall Of Fame Inductees

Ken Griffey Jr : 6’3”, 195-205lbs, 1st pick overall 1987

Even though I grew up in Canada Ken Griffey Jr. was one of my favorite players.  The fact that Seattle is about 1600 miles closer to where I grew up compared to Toronto meant that my first MLB game was in the King Dome and not the Sky Dome.  I was lucky to have seen Ken Griffey Jr. for my first MLB game and to make it even better  Randy Johnson started that game so I got to see two future HOF players.

Here are a couple gif’s of what made Ken Griffey Jr. a true 5 Tool Player

Field

the Kid taking  a home run away in Yankee Stadium

griffey catch

Throw

Rusty Greer made a mistake and Junior makes him pay – watch his front leg catapult that ball out of his hand.

griffey throw

Run

Here he is flying around the bases and scoring the biggest run in Mariners history from first base on an Edgar Martinez double down the line.

I wish Statcast would have been around for this!!

griffey running

Hit for Power

 Upper, Upper, Upper Deck in the Sky Dome!!!!

griffey home run

Hit for Average

double the other way off David Stewart – what a pretty swing!!

griffey hitting

You can’t say enough about how skilled and how athletic Ken Griffey Jr. was and if it weren’t for a couple of injuries that stole some time from his career he would have put up even crazier numbers.  Regardless he is still one of the best center fielders ever right there with Willie, Mickey and Joe.

Mike Piazza: 6’3”, 205-215, 1390th overall pick 1988

One of the greatest scouting stories of all time.  Essentially Mike Piazza was selected as family favor by Tommy Lasorda and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 62nd round with the 1390th selection over all in 1988.  Five years later in 1993 he won the Rookie of the Year Honors.

piazza

The guy could hit and to be considered the best hitting catcher of all time makes him a definite Hall of Famer.  There are some rumors about PED use but as you can see from his draft report card the scout did mention how he could fill out.

piazza draft report

What may be one of Mike Piazza’s best tools was his eye sight which is obviously vital if you want to squarely hit a round ball with a round bat.  In his book the “The Sporting Gene” author David Esptein writes about an eye doctor visiting Dodgers camp in 1992 to measure everyone’s eye sight.  This eye doctor noted that there was a very high number of players that had better than 20/10 vision however he make a specific note of Mike Piazza’s vision as being one of the best.

This should mean that every scout should carry one of these:

eye

Put great vision together with a big strong athlete and good levers you can see why he hit the ball of the fence 427 times.

Here is a video of Piazza showing off his forearm strength!!!

piazza gif

That does it for this article but I hope that next year I can do one of these articles talking about one of the most athletic guys ever to play the game, Tim Raines.

#Raines2017

Tim-Raines

This is the definition of a “Powerful Runner” – 808 career SB’s!!!!

Graeme Lehman, MSc, CSCS

 

 

 

Front Leg Strength Predicts Throwing Velocity

The findings from a recent really enforced the importance of a strong front leg assuming your goal is to throw a baseball really fast.  We already knew that the front leg is important but this study digs a lot deeper into exactly HOW and WHEN when you  this strength.  It’s some great information and I am excited to share it with you.

The best part about this study is that the researchers suggest some really great ideas for the practical application of this information.  I will share these with you along with a couple of my own thoughts and opinions at the end of the article.

Here is the study that I am talking about out of Ohio State University

ohio state

Stride Leg Ground Reaction Forces Predict Throwing Velocity in Adult Recreational Baseball Pitchers.

  • McNally MP1, Borstad JD, Oñate JA, Chaudhari AM. J Strength Cond Res. 2015 Oct;29(10):2708-15.

These researchers used a very expensive pitching mound with four embedded force plates used to capture the ground reaction forces in 3D created by both the back and the front legs throughout the entire pitching delivery.

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Using subjects that either pitched in high school or college they concluded that there was a high correlation between pitches with higher velocity and the amount of force being applied into the ground with the front leg.

Again the information that the front leg is important to help transfer energy isn’t new but what is interesting is HOW and even more importantly WHEN this force is being applied to the ground.

How the Force is Being Applied

What I mean by how the force is being applied is in what direction its being put into and redirected by the ground.  This picture of a runner shows you the different types of directions ground reaction forces can be applied.

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The vertical force is the easiest to understand.  If you stand on a weigh scale like the one pictured below and then pushed your feet into the scale as if you were about to jump you will see the scale go beyond your body weight.  What you’re doing is applying vertical force and if your goal is to jump higher than you need to put more force into the ground.

scale jump

When the front leg hits the ground during pitching there are vertical forces being applied to the ground and back up towards the ball. In fact one of the main biomechanical differences between fast and slow throwers in a study by Matsuo et al. (2001) was the ability to have the front leg go into extension after landing.  You need a lot of vertical force to go into extension rather than continue to go into more flexion. Here is an article about these biomechanical differences.

The most important direction however wasn’t the vertical but rather in the anterior/posterior direction.  Here is a direct quote from the study.

 “Force imparted by the stride leg against the direction of the throw appears to contribute strongly to achieve maximum throwing velocity”

The fact that the stride leg is applying force AGAINST the direction of the throw means that this force is being applied in a posterior direction.  The back leg gets our momentum going towards the plate in an anterior direction but the we must “slam on the brakes” and stop our momentum by applying force backwards with the front leg.  This catapults our body and ultimately the baseball towards home plate.

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The coaching cue of “slamming on the brakes” was actually used in this study which I think is great because it provides coaches and athletes with a great visual analogy of what needs to happen.  It sure beats yelling out “when you land be sure to go into extension in a posterior direction!!!!”.

This “slamming of the brakes” by the front leg helps contributes to another of the biomechanical differences separating fast and slow throwers.  The amount of forward trunk tilt angle at ball release was again separated fast (36.7 degrees) from slow (28.6 degrees) throwers.  The only way to reach these kinds of angles is with, you guessed it, a strong front leg.

When you hear a pitching coach say “get out front and extend” this is what they are talking about.  If you are more upright, meaning your vertical tilt angle is smaller, at ball release you don’t have the ability to throw harder for a couple of reasons:

  1. you are letting go of the ball further away from home plate which gives the hitter more time to see the ball – not a good thing
  2. you don’t give your muscles as much time to develop force and speed since you are letting go of the ball sooner – not good either

When do You Hit the Brakes?

The main conclusion from this study that the researchers really stressed was the exact point in time during the delivery when the front leg applied the most force in this posterior direction.  Hit the brakes too early or too late and you have won’t reap the benefits from a strong front leg.  It’s all about timing.

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The point when you need the most force according to this research is when the throwing arm is in it’s cocking phase.  The researcher’s used the term “window of opportunity” when describing the importance of peak amounts of force being applied into the ground in this direction due to the importance of timing and the sequential nature of pitching.

Here is Jeff Samardzija hitting the brakes.  The next time you see him pitch watch him jump off his front leg which is a sign that some energy has been sent back up from the ground.

jeff jump

I’ve seen a lot of pitchers with the use of high speed camera extend their front leg but only after the ball was released.  We want to have as much energy available to our throwing arm when it needs it, arm cocking phase,  in order to turn that energy into momentum that we can use to launch this ball out of our hand.

This is really hard to pick up with the naked eye and if you’re a coach this is where some slow motion video can come in handy as a tool to diagnose what is wrong with your pitchers mechanics.

**The front knee going into extension isn’t necessarily going to mean that the most force is being applied but unless you have a crazy awesome pitching mound with an embedded force plate or two this is pretty much all we can do.  The reason I say this is because you can apply a lot of force isometrically which means that your muscles are contracting but they aren’t moving thus making it impossible for us to see anything**

The Front Leg = Rate Limiting Factor

The fact that the highest forces were seen by the front leg doesn’t mean that the back leg isn’t important but it does tell us that the front leg is the limiting factor.

Think of it this way.  If the front leg is the brake’s that means that the back leg is the gas and you don’t want to be driving a car that doesn’t have good enough breaks to handle the amount of power you can produce with the gas pedal.  I know I wouldn’t.

Your back leg is responsible for initiating the forward momentum from a set position while the front leg has to catch the entire force created from your back leg and your body moving downhill.  This makes it pretty obvious why we see higher ground reaction forces from the stride leg.

So if you can increase your ability to apply the brakes with the front leg then you can start hitting the gas pedal harder and at least increase you ability to throw harder.  This combination of going faster and stopping quicker will really catapult the baseball out of your hard and past the hitter.

Practical Application

Like I mentioned earlier the researchers did a great job of providing the readers with practical drills and exercises that are not hard to execute and in my opinion are spot on.  I’ve added some of my own suggestions but here is how you can apply this information when you are:

Pitching

Think about this idea of slamming on the brake’s.  You have enough to worry about when you’re pitching (base runners, pitch count, etc) that if you think about much more than that you aren’t going to be able to use this information.

Bullpen

The authors suggested a throwing drill where you start on one knee (right knee for righties) and then try to stand up while making a throw to a partner.

Another idea might be to over load the slope of the mound making it more difficult for you to capture all that extra energy created with the steeper mound.  You need to have a portable mound that you can safely jack up the back of mound so if won’t move around on you.  Or find a mound that they haven’t changed since 1968 when they lowered the mound by 5 inches due to guys like Bob Gibson posting a ridiculous 1.12 ERA.

Bob-Gibson

The effect that I am going for here is to make your body realize the importance of the front leg by overloading it.  You don’t need to crank it way up because more doesn’t always mean better.  There might be some motor learning benefits to throwing off a slight higher mound rather than throwing off a standard mound 100% of the time.

On-Field Athletic Drills 

These can be done on field or in the weight room but here is a basic progression of drills.  The progression is important because we need to first learn how to land on the front leg before we can worry about landing and then jumping back again. Walk before you can run type stuff.

With any of these drills stress the fact that we aren’t trying to stop on a rigid leg which would cause a real jarring affect which is something that would make throwing a strike very difficult to do.  Use the term “absorb” or “catch your momentum” to describe what we want.

Start with a very small box and the goal is to absorb that added energy.  Make sure when viewing from the front that knee doesn’t want to dive in.

The faster you run and the higher you hop the tougher it is going to be on that front leg to absorb that extra energy/momentum.

This one looks the easiest but it isn’t.  Again absorb the landing then hop backwards.

In the Weight Room

My favorite thing about this study other than the fact that my research was referenced was their suggestion to do Bulgarian Split Squats.  Here is an entire article on this great exercise.

To take this exercise a step further you could add the variation of coming to a complete stop at the bottom of each rep.  The stop isn’t designed to be a rest but rather to force your muscles to adapt and build strength from a complete stop.

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Other than Bulgarians along with a complete weight training program that involves exercises that don’t look anything like pitching (squats, deadlifts, rows, presses) I like a forward lunge.

Using weights that allow you to absorb and eccentrically control the load before redirecting yourself back to your starting position.

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I hope that you found this information to be useful and if you did please send along to someone else who you think could benefit from reading this article.

Thanks,

Graeme Lehman, MSc, CSCS

 

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How to Deadlift – My first Webinar!!!

Now that the world series is over it means that we are in the off-season which is when I get to flex my muscles as a strength and conditioning coach.  One of, if not the best exercise out there to help increase your size and strength is the deadlift.  It offers a ton of rewards but we have to watch out for the risks that we can minimize if we just do things the right way.

That’s the reason that I created this webinar.  I have been doing some consulting work for a JUCO in Florida (Central Florida Patriots) and I wanted to make sure everyone knew how to execute this crucial lift properly since I am helping them out remotely.

If you are interested in getting some off-season help for you or your team contact me at graeme.lehman@gmail.com.

Hope you enjoy this webinar!!!

Jose Bautista’s Throwing Bats and Balls

Here is a link to an article that I wrote about Jose Bautista’s throwing ability. Yesterday he showed he can throw a bat really far after that epic 3 run shot.

  
This article is not super technical but I wanted to write something about the blue jays since everyone here in Canada is going crazy for baseball!!!

http://bigleagueathlete.com/uncategorized/jose-bautista-throwing-bats-and-balls/

Building Baseball Speed – Part 4

This is where the rubber really meets the road with the exact cues that you need to know as both a player or coach to get the most out of your acceleration mechanics.

Below are some links that I am talking about.  They are on another site that I have been building for a while now called “Big League Athlete”.  It is a site that is geared towards young athletes that want to become better baseball players.  My goal with the site is to make something that I would have wanted as a kid wanting to become as good of a baseball player as I could.  The site is by no means perfect or a finished product.  it does however provide a lot of great info that most players can benefit from.

Acceleration Cues – Upper Body

Acceleration Cues – Lower Body

Please let your players that you deal with know about it since there is a ton of great information on it and I plan on filling it up with a lot more.

Since you are reading this site I welcome any feed back about either of these two sites.

Thanks again

Graeme Lehman Msc, CSCS

p.s I will continue to post articles of this site.  Articles that appeal to the real baseball/exercise science fan that wants to understand the principals and research behind enhanced baseball athletic performance.