Archives for October 2014

Creating a Rapid Delivery… Time Is of the Essence

By Nunzio Signore (B.A., CPT, NASM, PES, FMS)

Arm Action Blog - First ImageWe have athletes (and parents) walk into our facility all the time looking to become a “more athletic version of their current self”. For a pitcher, this equates into increased velocity and staying injury free. While strength and conditioning can certainly help achieve this by making pitchers stronger and more mobile, learning to be more “movement efficient” will help alleviate energy leaks (wasted, unwanted movement in the delivery). The biggest culprit leading to energy leaks is taking “too much time”.

My father used to tell me “if a kid has too much time on his hands he’ll find a way to get into trouble”. Well, so will your body in regards to throwing a baseball, swinging a bat, or any other movement in sports for that matter. [Read more…]

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Looking to Increase Your Bat Speed? (Softball Tip #6)

By Nunzio Signore (B.A., CPT, NASM, PES, FMS)

Blog 6 - 1In today’s post we are covering strength and conditioning tip #6 for softball players. In case you missed #5 please click here.

Creating power and great bat speed involves many things.  Electromyography testing (a technique for evaluating and recording the electrical activity produced by skeletal muscles) regarding “the baseball swing” and upper body involvement shows that the role it plays is minor compared to that of the lower body. Studies by Shaffer et al. (click here for report summary) stated “an emphasis should be placed on the trunk and hip muscles for a batter’s strengthening program.”

Thus, improving hip mobility, strengthening the lower body (here on out referred to as “posterior chain), improving t-spine rotation and developing a strong core and of course working with a great hitting coach, can go a long way in helping you round the bases. Today we’re going to touch on three of these bullet points to try and help you get to where you need to be. [Read more…]

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3 Great Ways to Improve Power and Bat Speed – Part 1

By Nunzio Signore (B.A., CPT, NASM, PES, FMS)

Bat Speed Blog Image - 1Creating power and great bat speed involves many things.  Electromyography testing (a technique for evaluating and recording the electrical activity produced by skeletal muscles) regarding “the baseball swing” and upper body involvement shows that the role it plays is minor compared to that of the lower body. Studies by Shaffer et al. (click here for report summary) stated “an emphasis should be placed on the trunk and hip muscles for a batter’s strengthening program.” [Read more…]

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