Archives for November 2013

Is Your Young Athlete’s Training Program Complete?


By Nunzio Signore (B.A, NASM, PES, CES)

Now that the baseball off season is here we have the gym filled with not only ball players but parents of ball players.  Our most frequently asked question is “what do you guys do as far a baseball specific training?”  My answer is usually “it’s not what we do, it’s what we don’t do.”

Throwing a baseball is the fastest movement in all of sports.  This is a huge amount of stress placed on the arm throughout a season.  There are certain exercises that we believe do not belong in the program of an already taxed arm but this is a topic for another article. [Read more…]


Lifting for an Injury Free Season


By Nunzio Signore (BA, NASM, PES, CPT)

Most injuries in young athletes occur towards the end of the season. This is brought on by the wear and tear of endless practices and games which leave the body tired. Once this happens, functional movement patterns become compromised and injury can occur.

Not only is strength training safe, it can help drastically reduce the risk of injury in children (and adults!!). This brings us to the question,” what is a good age for kids to start strength training and how?” Good question. The truth is growth plates and bone maturation is different across different parts of the body. Parts of the elbow mature around 10-13yrs., the shoulder 16-19yrs., where some like the clavicle don’t reach maturation until ages 20-23 yrs. [Read more…]