Baseball players overtime develop and master the skill to make split decisions in front of 40,000 screaming fans, rotate and connect with unreal power and consistently do it over and over again. However, the elite of the elite are a dime a dozen. It takes time and years of practice to get anywhere close to that. To even give yourself a chance on the diamond you must take care of your body especially in-season when you don’t have as much time to devote to it like you did in the off-season.
Understanding the player’s position on the field and what they do off the field in the weight room gives great insight into where stress is being absorbed and diminished throughout the season. This helps establish a direction to what exercises might be the most beneficial during their in-season training.
First you always have to start with an assessment and what their posture is telling them before and after games. In part one of Academy of Total Performances 6-part series I am going to discuss how we at ATP break down a pitcher’s posture and how it relates to their mechanics.