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Every time I evaluate a new client, the first thing I do is run them through a posture and movement screen. Basically, my objective is to evaluate how the athlete stands, and how they move. This gives me a jumping-off point when prescribing corrective exercises and mobility/soft tissue work. When evaluating a baseball player – especially a pitcher – the first thing I look at is the shoulder girdle.

Pictured: the shoulder girdle

More specifically, I’m looking at the scapulae – the flat bones that sit on either side of the thoracic spine. One of the most reliable indicators of future shoulder and elbow health is scapular positioning. Ideally, the scapulae should sit right up against the ribcage and glide smoothly across it. But with throwing athletes, what we often see instead is this:  (more…)

Check out my latest article published on T-Nation.com – Contrast Training for Power and Explosiveness

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As a catcher, your primary job is to catch the ball when it is thrown to you. Your job doesn’t stop with just catching the ball, though. All catchers should be able to effectively frame pitches, which consists of catching the ball in a way that makes pitches look good to the umpire. In order to frame pitches well, you need to possess strong forearms and wrists capable of stopping the ball’s momentum and making the glove go where you want it to.

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http://www.stack.com/2013/07/14/in-season-baseball-workout-tips/

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Every guy wants to be biggest,‭ ‬strongest dude in the gym.‭ ‬Developing your shoulders will not only make you look like a badass,‭ ‬but it’s an easy way to pack on weight and increase your overall upper body strength.

There are several muscles that attach to and originate from the shoulder,‭ ‬but for the purposes of this article,‭ ‬we’ll be focusing on the the two biggest superficial muscles of the shoulder‭ ‬-‭ ‬the deltoids and the trapezii.‭ ‬The trapezius muscle serves to laterally rotate,‭ ‬elevate,‭ ‬and retract the scapula,‭ ‬while the deltoids abduct,‭ ‬flex,‭ ‬extend,‭ ‬and medially and laterally rotate the humerus.‭

3‭ ‬Categories of Shoulder Exercises

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Here’s 2 exercises you can add to your program that will increase your strength on the deadlift by strengthening your lower back, glutes, and hamstrings. Incidentally, these are the same muscles that make you run fast, so not only will you get better at deadlifting, you’ll get better at sprinting and playing sports too.

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The squat is a jerk of an exercise. Just like everybody who’s ever played poker has a “bad beat” story, everybody who’s ever seriously squatted has a story about a time when the Squat Gods treated them unfairly. Hip flexor pain, patellar tendonitits, interminable plateau periods,etc. Even just learning to squat properly can take an absurd amount of time, which gets frustrating in a hurry. If you’re currently in need of a program tweak to crack through a plateau or finally achieve proper depth in the squat, try these two exercises out.

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