Ramsey’s Ryan Vatcher… Doing What it Takes to be Exceptional

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

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Most highly motivated and highly skilled athletes are generally also very bright. So, when it comes to learning and “buying in” to their training regimen, they’re all ears. This is called “athlete education” and nothing can be more rewarding than watching them “do what it takes to be exceptional”, while reaping great results at the same time. [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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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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3 Reasons for Lower Back Pain (Pain Site vs. Pain Source) – Part 3

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

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Unfortunately 90% of the pitcher population cannot handle the amount of lumbar extension Tim Lincecum puts his body through. It’s no mystery that low back pain can severely compromise velocity, as well as command, in pitchers.  In Part 3 of this series on Pain Site vs. Pain Source (click here for Part 1 and here for Part 2), we’ll look at low back pain and some possible “sites” further down the kinetic chain that could be causing it.  And some things we can do from both the strength and mechanics (pitching) side to help relieve unwanted stress in the area. [Read more…]

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Work Hard, Recover Harder

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

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When talking about a complete or comprehensive training or throwing program, the conversation has to begin and end with “recovery”.

Fatigue is the Enemy of Mechanics

 

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Increasing Velocity and Command with a more Stable Stride Pattern – Part 1

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

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Many coaches believe that throwing strikes is more important than increasing velocity and that the two can’t be trained at the same time. I disagree. I believe that training both are equally important and can be trained at the same time. Sometimes it comes down to increasing the efficiency of an athlete’s throwing motion, so that their body works more in sync. [Read more…]

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6 Musts for a High Bat Speed – T-spine Mobility (Part 1)

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

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A few months back I sat down and watched Mike Rozema (of Rozema Baseball and Director of Hitting at RPP) give a hitting lesson.  While listening to his cue-ing, I tried to pinpoint some physical limitations that could prevent a player from getting into the best position to succeed while stepping up to the plate. I thought of some things we could do to help correct them in the weight room.  The results were eye opening and prompted us to start our Hitter’s Rx program. In this four part series, I’ll go over 6 topics that I consider paramount for generating a high bat speed to help players at the plate. [Read more…]

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Strength Training / Physical Therapy… Making Our Athletes and Each Other Better

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I heard P.T. Mike Reinhold once say that he was a “much better physical therapist because of his knowledge in the strength and conditioning field”.  I feel the same way in regards to the education I’ve received from the physical therapy / rehab community.  I can’t overstate how much better of a strength and conditioning coach it has made me. The bottom line is together we make each other better. [Read more…]

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Helping You Get Back to Neutral… Sitting is the New Smoking

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

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Ninety percent of my adult clientele struggle with back pain, mostly in the same area and for what I believe to be for primarily the same reasons at some point in their life.  Today we’ll address one of the main reasons and some of the things we can do from not only a lifestyle but training standpoint as well. That problem is:

SITTING!!!

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