Interview with Andrew Olsen Catcher at Don Bosco Prep High School

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

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We are here with Andrew Olsen, junior catcher at Don Bosco Prep.  Andrew is the ultimate student-athlete, top of his class academically and playing baseball at such a high level.  And frankly having improved his Exit Velo from 73 to 88 mph (this spring) there aren’t many that work as hard as he does in the gym. [Read more…]

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Top 9 Reasons Pitchers Get Injured – Part 1

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

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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. Below is a chart of my top 9 leading causes of pitching injuries:

Leading Causes of Pitching Injuries

In Part 1 of this 3 Part series we’ll start to look at what I believe to be some of the main reasons why. [Read more…]

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What Happened to Noah?

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

On April 30th in the bottom of the 2nd inning, just 38 pitches into his fifth start of the year, Noah Syndergaard threw a 2-1 pitch to the National’s Bryce Harper then proceeded to clutch under his arm. Something was obviously not right. The latissimus dorsi (lat) is one of the major players for stability and throwing gas, and Syndergaard just tore his.

(Noah Syndergaard Injury)

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10 Musts for a Great Throwing Program

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

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Velocity is the one thing that seems to be the most sought after, yet few know how to deliver it effectively.  Everyone thinks they know how to do it.  But, not so fast guys…. There are many different threads that need to be weaved into a safe and effective throwing program.  Today, we’re going to go over what I believe to be some of the key points to look for in an effective throwing program and honestly, they should ALL be present. Here we go… [Read more…]

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Not All Calories Are Created Equal

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

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I listen to my adult clientele talk weight loss EVERY DAY. It’s great to listen in on what new fad diet or cleanse so-and-so is working on this week.  The jest of many of the methods they seem to be employing has to do with “calories-in, calories-out”.

There has been a lot of debate lately about the energy balance equation in the fitness industry. For long-term health, body composition, performance and quality of life, perhaps calories-in vs. calories-out is not the best way to lose weight long-term. Now many things must be taken into consideration when it comes to losing weight via body fat (gut health, inflammation, gluten tolerance etc.) but for the sake of this blog I will be only addressing the common myth of “just burn more calories than you consume”.  Let me explain. [Read more…]

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Three Big Things That Create Hard Throwers

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

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This off-season we had the privilege of working with nearly 100 pitchers between October and March. While these athletes came in many different shapes and sizes, all requiring their own individual strength and mobility programming, this wasn’t the case when it came to analyzing mechanics on the mound. Let me explain. [Read more…]

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Launch Angles, Exit Velos, etc… What You Need to Know – Part 2

Today’s article by Bahram Shirazi represents Part 2 (click here for Part 1) on how Statcast data coming out of the MLB stadiums is changing the way coaches and players are preparing for the game…

By Bahram Shirazi (BSEE, MBA, Co-owner RPP)

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In Part 2 of this article on Launch Angles and Exit Velos, we’re going to get a little more into the details and review which launch angles are likely to generate what types of hits.  The data MLB is accumulating is talking, so we better listen. [Read more…]

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5 Reasons Velocity Decreases during the Season

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

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A few months back, I wrote an article titled “5 Reasons Velocity Increases during the Season” (click here).  Today, I’d like to counter that with “5 Reasons Velocity Decreases during the Season” and a few things pitchers can do to keep their bodies and arms in tip top shape all season. [Read more…]

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Losing Your Legs and Your Velocity Early in the Game

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

Losing Legs and VeloIt’s that time of year when I go out and watch all my guys (with a great sense of pride I might add) play ball and in doing so, get a chance to watch many other young pitchers on the mound as well. A common thread that I see with many of them is the similarities in the breakdown that happens in the later innings.  More often than not, I believe this is fatigue of the lower half. The pre-mature change in lower extremity kinematics and timing can generally be attributed to a lack of strength (or a loss of strength if they have stopped training in-season) bringing on many command problems as well as velocity issues. Today, we’ll touch on a few. [Read more…]

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Interview with Tyler Harmon, Ramsey High / NJ Hitmen Alum and UVM Commit

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

Tyler HarmonToday my interview is with Tyler Harmon.  Tyler is a graduate of Ramsey High School hockey program.  Tyler went 61-8-4 in his high school career, leading Ramsey to the NJ State Championship.  He was also the Record Player of the Year in 2016.  During the past year, Tyler played for the NJ Hitmen Premier hockey team where he was recently selected as the 2017 USPHL Goal Tender of the Year.  Tyler has committed to play for the University of Vermont beginning this fall, one of the premier programs in the country. [Read more…]

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