Tag Archive: core training

Is There a Relationship Between Core Stability and Shoulder Function?

In this week’s video, I review a new research study whose authors examined the relationship between performance in core stability exercises and shoulder dysfunction in collegiate overhead athletes. In this video, I summarize and clarify the important take-away messages from the results of this study and hope to show trainers how to read research a little more carefully in order not to jump to one way conclusions.

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Plank Drill Safety

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After Coach Phil’s excellent video from the other day about how you can use plank drills to test your core strength and improve your drive-through, I decided it was important to break down the plank drill a little bit for those of you who have not done it before.

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How to Workout In Season and Not Get Sore

Unfortunately, nowadays, athletes feel they don’t have enough time to fit in workouts during the season. They, and their coaches, also fear working out will lead to sore and stiff muscles. In this video, I explain how to schedule workouts appropriately around your in-season commitments, and demonstrate a few new exercises that are less likely to leave you sore, while building total body strength.

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Medicine Ball Exercises for Hitting and Pitching Power

Poor exercise technique can contribute to poor hitting and pitching habits. In these videos, I explain how to correctly perform medicine ball exercises to improve hitting and pitching power while also reinforcing proper hitting and pitching mechanics.

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The Softball Core Training Commandments

In these videos, I define my core training philosophy and show you how to identify and execute proper softball core training exercises.

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Does Lifting Weights Make Girls Bulky?

One of the main concerns young females have about starting a lifting program is that they will get “bulky”. To be clear, lifting weights does not make you bulky. However, I know it’s going to take a lot more than me saying it to convince hundreds of female readers that it’s true. Maybe a message from Miss America 2013 will help?

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Critical Exercises for Female Athletes

Females tend to be more flexible than males which makes stability training an specific consideration for female strength and conditioning programs. In these videos, I explain and demonstrate stability exercises for a critical area of the body: the hips.

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Changes to Fastpitch Power In 2013 and 3 Core Training Videos

Over the past few weeks, many Fastpitch Power followers have demonstrated their support for our website. Knowing this, I’m still deciding to change the format of my posts in 2013. I explain exactly why in this week’s video and kick start this new style of content with three videos that reveal a VERY different perspective on core training.

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Lower Back Injury Prevention for Softball Players

In this week’s videos I provide an explanation of a common cause of back pain in softball players, how to assess whether your athlete is at risk for a back injury, and demonstrate stretches and core strength exercises that all players, and parents, should try out!

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THE Arm Injury Prevention Plan for Softball Players

Make this fall and winter a proactive off-season! If your arm was hanging this summer, if you had to miss games because of shoulder pain, you can take action this winter to get your arm feeling better than it ever has. Here is my five step plan shoulder and elbow injury prevention plan for softball players.

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