Archives for July 2017

Why Certain Pitchers Can “Deal” all Season Long

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, CPT, NASM, FMS)

Alex Mack Top

I have been getting numerous calls the last week or two about pitchers’ velocities dropping as much as 10 mph (one athlete was down from 90 mph to 79-80mph).   [Read more…]

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Interview with Jack Scanlon Pitcher / Catcher at Suffern High School

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

Jack Scanlon Joint

We are here with Jack Scanlon, who will be entering his junior year at Suffern High School this September.  Jack has been training with us at RPP since he was 13 years old.  He is a multi-sport athlete playing both basketball and baseball. Jack was recently invited to play at the PG Underclass Games in San Diego later this summer, which is a great honor.  Invites to this event from PG only go out to the best players in the country.

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Exit Velo Program, the Hitting Side of Things – Part 1

By Mike Rozema (Rozema Baseball, Director of Hitting at RPP)

Aaron Judge Exit Velo

The Exit Velocity Program is great for players looking to increase power and explosiveness in driving the ball.  The program and all its many components have several benefits but I would like to provide a summary from the hitting side of things and cover several topics, including: [Read more…]

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RPP Baseball Off-Season Offerings

Off-Season Baseball Summary Chart

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Creating Power in the Swing – Part 1

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, CPT, NASM, FMS)

Albert Pujols

My partner and I are polar opposites. This happens to work perfectly in our business, as he is more of a “data geek”, crunching numbers and watching trends while I, from spending many years in the trenches (the weight room), approach things from a much more “strength-based” direction.  I think this is a great marriage when it comes to the success we’ve attained in helping athletes become stronger and more explosive.

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I attribute a large part of this success to the fact that we both have a mutual respect for science and sport but also understand that the underlying factor in all things powerful and explosive when it comes to performance is “STRENGTH”. It’s the foundation that athleticism is built on and there can be no better example of this than hitting a baseball and I don’t mean just making contact, I mean hitting the ball… HARD!! [Read more…]

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The Cause and Treatment of Groin Injuries in Hockey Players – Part 2

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, CPT, NASM, FMS)

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Today we’re going to continue where we left off in Part 1 (click here) on how to treat groin injuries in the athletic hockey population. So, without further ado, let’s get it done… Lots of great video here guys…

How do we fix it? [Read more…]

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Training Explosiveness through Strength Training

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, CPT, NASM, FMS)

Explosive Top

For parents of some young athletes (for the scope of this article I’m talking about athletes ages 13-16), lifting heavy weights seems to get a bad rap. Years ago players were told not to lift weights because it would make them too “big”.  You could even hear words like “stiff” or “tight” getting thrown around at the drop of a hat.

While I whole heartedly believe in the phrase that “age is wisdom”, this would be one of those times that I beg to differ.  Being strong is a good thing.  And if you want to be explosive you have to be strong first.  Performance, speed (have I got your attention now?) and injury prevention all are built on a foundation of strength. But exactly what type of strength training and at what age seems to be where parents (and strength and conditioning coaches for that matter) get tripped up.

Most of you who read my blogs know that I spend a great deal of time emphasizing training according to where the athlete is during the season. Let’s take a look… [Read more…]

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The Cause and Treatment of Groin Injuries in Hockey Players – Part 1

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, CPT, NASM, FMS)

Injured Hockey Player

Hockey players and groin injuries go together like rice and beans… [Read more…]

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Top 9 Reasons Pitchers Get Injured

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, CPT, NASM, FMS)

Leading Causes of Pitching Injuries

It’s no secret that the numbers of youth injuries in baseball are staggering. Even with the implementation of pitch counts, youth injuries not only continue to rise but account for many of the injuries ball players eventually suffer later in their careers.  Here we go we my Top 9 Reason Why I believe pitchers are getting injured… [Read more…]

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