March 2018 / 7 posts found

The Year My Dad Died And I Rode The Pine For An Entire Season

by Randy Sullivan
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When I was 13 years old, my family and I moved from Klamath Falls, Oregon to Sumter, South Carolina.  The sons of a career Air Force enlisted man, my two brothers and I were no strangers uprooting and starting over.  Entering the 9th grade at Sumter High School, I had never attended the same school 2 years in a row.  Thankfully, I was always pretty good at football, basketball, and baseball so finding friends and assimilating came easy. After completing my freshman year I decided to try out for the local American Legion baseball team, the Sumter P-15s.  In those […]

A New Way Of Looking At Mechanical Efficiency in Pitching

by Randy Sullivan
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Much of the training at The Florida Baseball Ranch® is based on the Dynamic Systems Theory. Within that system we try to avoid the inefficient verbal cueing that often corrupts the learning process.  In our approach, we try to use motor learning strategies that create an environment for self-organization to occur.  We use these motor learning precepts to nudge the athlete subconsciously toward more efficient movement patterns. One of the most important strategies involves stabilizing the attractors.  In every human movement, there are components that must be stable and other parts that can be variable.  The stable components are known […]

The Enemy of Your Success Is…

by Randy Sullivan
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You have a dream. You want to play in college. You want to get drafted. You want to play in the pros. You can do it. We truly believe anyone can learn to throw 90+mph and play in college… get drafted… and play in the pros.  Why are we so sure?  Because God doesn’t make junk and human tissue doesn’t have a free will. If we add a training stimulus, your body cannot decide not to participate.  It must respond the the stimulus we impart.  The key is to add the right training stimulus at the right time and at […]

Finding, Evaluating and Applying Baseball Research (Part 4): Guest Blog By Dr. Ed Fehringer

by Randy Sullivan
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Wrapping up our 4-part series on finding, evaluation and applying baseball research, we’ll now share some final thoughts from Dr. Ed Fehringer.  Dr. Fehringer is a highly regarded orthopedic surgeon from Omaha, Nebraska.  He has been involved in a lot of clinical research over his career.  When he graciously agreed to write this blog, we brainstormed and came up with 11 questions we thought player sand coaches might want answered. 1. Why do we need good research in baseball? 2. Why is it important for a coach/instructor to be able to review, understand and critique research. 3. How do I […]

Finding, Evaluating and Applying Baseball Research (Part 3): Guest Blog By Dr. Ed Fehringer and Jordan Rassmann

by Randy Sullivan
We presented a series of questions about baseball related research to a highly regarded Omaha, NE orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Ed Fehringer: 1. Why do we need good research in baseball? 2. Why is it important for a coach/instructor to be able to review, understand and critique research. 3. How do I find relevant research (online search hacks)? 4. What are the parts/design of a typical study? 5. How do I evaluate the quality of a study? 6. What are the dangers of only reading the abstract. 7. What are the typical statistical tools used and what do they mean? 8. […]

Finding, Evaluating and Applying Baseball Research (Part 2): Guest Blog By Dr. Ed Fehringer

by Randy Sullivan
  We came up with several questions about baseball related research and presented them to Dr. Ed Fehringer, a highly regarded Orthopedic Surgeon and researcher. We included his answers to the first three in our last article. Here, we’ll cover the next three. Our R&D Coordinator, Jordan Rassmann will handle question 7 in a couple of days. He’ll discuss the most commonly used statistical tools and he promises to make it surer easy to understand. Dr. Fehringer  will wrap it up in a few days with the answers to question s 8-11.  Here are the questions. The answers to 4-6 […]

Finding, Evaluating and Applying Baseball Research (Part 1): Guest Blog By Dr. Ed Fehringer

by Randy Sullivan
A few days ago, I had a spirited twitter discussion about conducting and evaluating research in the baseball training and coaching industries.  That exchange spurred me to reach out to my friend, Dr. Ed Fehringer, a highly regarded Omaha, Nebraska orthopedic surgeon who specializes in shoulder and elbow surgery.  Dr. Fehringer has been involved in several published clinical studies and he his one of the editors of Rockwood and Masten’s The Shoulder — widely regarded as the penultimate shoulder resource for students and clinicians in orthopedic community. I asked Dr. Fehringer to write a guide for baseball coaches and instructors […]