Baseball Players Making Big Gains This Summer

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

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Okay, so you’re one of the best ball players in your county or better yet the state, kudos on a job well done. But if you’ve worked hard enough to get offers to play baseball after high school you should know that spending the spring and summer in the weight room to get strong and pack on much needed muscle can be the deal breaker. Continue reading “Baseball Players Making Big Gains This Summer”

3 Great Mobility Drills and Stretches for Baseball Catchers

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Catchers are the unsung heroes in regards to duties on the baseball field.  But I think it’s really important that if they want to continue being at the top of their game, they need to remain mobile in an ungodly uncomfortable position.  For catchers, in-season, a large degree of importance needs to be placed on ankle stability, t-spine mobility and hip mobility. Creating mobility in three major areas can go a long way in helping any catcher succeed.  You can perform these mobility drills and stretches for baseball catchers at any time. Continue reading “3 Great Mobility Drills and Stretches for Baseball Catchers”

RPP Philosophy on Training and Developing Young Elite Athletes

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

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I often get asked about our philosophy on training young athletes.  Needless to say, with the drastic fluctuations in structural, hormonal, and neurological development from one athlete to the next, teaching young athletes how to perform exercises with proper technique is a challenge, even for the most experienced coaches. Continue reading “RPP Philosophy on Training and Developing Young Elite Athletes”

RPP – “The Best of 2014”

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

88095590MW101_NBA_Finals_GaI’m currently gearing up for the “feast of the fish” that many of us Italians submit ourselves to so, I’ll be spending a lot of time sitting in my mother’s den listening to screaming and smelling like fish for 3 days. With some well needed “time to myself”, I researched which blogs people found the most interesting this year. So today, I wanted to post up the top 5 articles of 2014 in terms of receiving the most views. Continue reading “RPP — “The Best of 2014””

Losing Velocity Late in the Season?

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

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There are a number of reasons why pitchers lose their velocity late in the season.  Today we’re going to take a look at hip internal rotation (IR) of the lead leg, which gets hit hard over a long season and can be one of the contributors to loss of velocity.

Continuous pitching throughout a long season (spring, summer and fall) can leave the lower half (hips, glutes and groin) feeling really “gritty” and in turn causing pitchers to make it up by overdoing it up top late in a season causing anterior shoulder and medial elbow pain.

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Healthy Shoulders and Arms (Part 3)… Training the Shoulder

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

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In today’s post we are covering Part 3 of Healthy Shoulders and Arms.  In case you missed Part 2 please click here.

The shoulder requires a tremendous amount of strength and mobility to function, making it inherently unstable and prone to injuries.  Rotator cuff surgeries are performed on in excess of 75,000 patients per year in the US.  Improving stability in this region is paramount for overhead athletes and especially pitchers given the undue amount of stress placed on the shoulder.  Although the lower body (especially lead leg Internal rotation) can play a huge role in shoulder mobility and health, for this continuing article we will be dealing with the upper body only.
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Healthy Shoulders and Arms (Part 2)… Training the Shoulder

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

Shoulders and Arms - Image 1In today’s post we are covering Part 2 of Healthy Shoulders and Arms.  In case you missed Part 1 please click here.

If you want to throw 90+ MPH, there is no magic pill.  It takes hard work and training to:

1) Increase your overall strength (head to toe),

2) Improve your mobility and stability in the hip, spine, arms, shoulders and legs, and

3) Take #’s 1 and 2 above and add great pitching mechanics to achieve maximum thrust on the baseball.

In case you missed it, #’s 1 and 2 are what we do at RPP.

In this second part of “Healthy Shoulders and Arms” article, we’ll cover some of the variables (as they specifically relate to #2 above) in a comprehensive shoulder program.  For the scope of this article we will assume an assessment (please click here for more on this topic) has been performed and the results exhibited a generally healthy shoulder without any pain.

First, I’ll break down what I feel are a few of the biggest components of a great shoulder care program.  Continue reading “Healthy Shoulders and Arms (Part 2)… Training the Shoulder”

Healthy Shoulders and Arms (Part 1)… Armed and Ready

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

Rotator CuffThis is the first installment of a series on the arms and shoulders that I will be doing over the next several weeks. Please be patient with some of the content in this first blog as it involves some brief anatomy that will make the next few installments much easier to grasp. I will make it as “user friendly” as possible without sacrificing the integrity of the blog. For those of you interested in learning about the terms you always heard and never understood this is a good read. Continue reading “Healthy Shoulders and Arms (Part 1)… Armed and Ready”