Not Just Your Ordinary Push Up (Softball Tip #3)

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

In today’s post we are covering strength and conditioning tip #3 for softball players. In case you missed #2 please click here.

Tip #7 - 1Coming out of a long season can wreak havoc on a softball player’s arm. Today we’re going to look at one of the exercises we do at RPP to help put some “oomph” back into the shoulder while at the same time training the cuff muscles to stabilize and fire quicker.

Elevated Pushup with Perturbations offer a great “bang for the buck” because they not only teach cuff stabilization and timing, but also strengthen the core musculature and the serratus anterior (the muscle which helps keep the scapula on the ribcage during movement).

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Taking arm fatigue into consideration, we use this exercise in-season and early in the off-season because it is a closed “chain” exercise (this is an exercise where the arm is in constant contact with an immobile surface generally a bar, wall or floor).  It helps to ensure better stability and decrease the risk of injury to an already fatigued shoulder due to months of throwing.

Perturbations add an extra outside stimulus (from another player or coach), to help teach the cuff musculature to fire quicker.

Please be sure to visit our Elite Softball page by clicking here.  The off-season has begun, will you be ready for next season?