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Can high-intensity training improve throwing performance?

Repetitive overhand throwing requires both the generation of anaerobic and aerobic power over the course of a game. Professor David Behm PhD and his colleagues at Memorial University in St. Johns Canada wanted to see if a high-intensity training (HIT) strengthening program with Thera-Band elastic resistance bands would be beneficial for female fastball players. He […]

Developing Thera-Band exercise programs for overhead throwing athletes

The overhead athlete’s shoulder must be strong, flexible, and enduring for optimal performance. Shoulder exercises for the throwing athlete must reflect the specific functional demands required both for injury prevention and rehabilitation. Head Athletic Trainer for the Boston Red Sox, Mike Reinold, DPT, ATC, CSCS, published a “current concepts” paper on preventive and rehabilitative exercises […]

Training program improves throwing accuracy in baseball players

Core training is thought to be important to improve functional sport activities, particularly those involving force transfer through the abdominals and back, into the extremities. For example, much of the strength and power required to throw a baseball comes from the force transmitted through the core from the legs. This is an example of the […]

New book helps develop “Effective Functional Progressions in Sport Rehabilitation”

Developing functional exercise programs for athletes is sometimes difficult, particularly for rehabilitation professionals without much experience in their patients’ sport. Human Kinetics recently released the book, Effective Functional Progressions in Sport Rehabilitation by Todd Ellenbecker, Mark De Carlo, and Carl DeRosa. The book is divided into 2 parts. Part I provides the benefits and guidelines […]

Hip exercise for strength, stability (

Posted on, professional baseball player Jeff Keppinger, demonstrated exercises that strengthen and balance hip muscles, using a looped exercise band.

Best Shoulder Exercises

A recent article by Mike Reinold PT, ATC, Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Boston Red Sox, reviewed the best exercises that activate the shoulder muscles.  The article, published in the February 2009 issue of the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy provided a list of the recommended resistive exercises as well as the scientific […]