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How We Use External Focus and Feedback To Train Our Athletes (Part 1)

by Randy Sullivan
Last week I released a blog article called “Weaving Motivation and Intention Into Your Strengthening and Throwing Programs in which I discussed the importance of incorporating intention in all facets of your training program. According to Dr. Frans Bosch, “A great deal of research has shown that intentional movement is strongly directed by attention… If attention is focused outside the body on features related to the movement, the movement and motor learning processes will be controlled more effectively.” We get this wrong all the time in the coaching and physical therapy industries. We start with the athlete and try to get him [...]

Weaving Motivation and Intention Into Your Strengthening and Throwing Programs

by Randy Sullivan
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I started driving almost 40 years ago, and I can honestly say that I am no better at driving today than I was when I first received my license at the tender age of 15. It’s not that I haven’t gotten my reps in. When I was a home health physical therapist, making house calls over 3 different counties, there were times that I logged over 50,000 miles in a year. Yet I’m still not a good driver. How is that possible? The answer reminds me of a lesson I received from Dr. Eugene Styles, in one of my education [...]

Any Moron Can Make You Sore

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“Man! My trainer crushed me today! My legs are toast! I’m gonna be sore tomorrow for sure! That was a great workout!" I hear it all the time, and it’s a common flaw in thinking and in training. Listen guys. Any moron can make you sore. All we need to do to make you sore is to require you to something different than what your body is used to. Or, we can take you to muscle fatigue outside the ATP/CP system, entering the glycolytic system that kicks out lactic acid as a byproduct, and you will be sore… One problem… [...]

The First Move Could Be The Most Important

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When I was around 10-12 years old, I enjoyed playing chess with my older brother. For some reason, my brother always chose to be the white side, and he always made the first move. I always thought he was being nice and letting me be the “home team”. I also thought it was good to make him show his move, then react to it. Now that I know a little more about chess, I realize he may have been a lot smarter than he looked. According to most Chess experts, there is one opening move that is far superior to [...]

Pitcher’s Funny Bone Ain’t So Funny

by Randy Sullivan
Pitcher’s Funny Bone Ain’t So funny A few summers ago, within about a 3 week period, we had 3 high school kids who came to us with medial elbow pain and numbness and tingling into their pinkie and ring fingers. Any time a pitcher complains of pain on the inside of the elbow, you worry about damage to the UCL — the dreaded Tommy John surgery.  But sometimes it’s not the Tommy John ligament at all. Here is a rudimentary field test to see if you might have damage to the UCL. It’s called “The milking test.” Place your hand in front [...]

New Study Suggests Simple 2-Out Exercise Protocol to Maintain ROM During An Outing

by Randy Sullivan
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This morning I was reading through the latest American Journal of Sports Medicine, and  I came across an interesting article entitled "Effects of a Short-Duration Stretching Drill After Pitching on Elbow and Shoulder Range of Motion in Professional Baseball Pitchers." The study, authored by Rafael Escamilla,PhD, PT, CSCS, and his colleagues at the ASMI offers evidence that a short-duration, low intensity stretching program conducted between innings could help a pitcher maintain shoulder  range of motion during an outing and might reduce his risk of injury. Loss of ROM during pitching episodes has been well documented and its cumulative effect has been [...]

Bowlvalanche! Should Strasburg “Simplify” His Mechanics?

by Randy Sullivan
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Bowlvalanche… That’s what I call it. It’s a term I coined a long time ago. Any time 3 or more of anything falls, I call it a “that thing” valanche. This is an Avalanche… This is a Ballvalanche… A Toothpickvalanche And this thing… This accident waiting to happen… If you attempt to add to or take away from this chaotic cluster nut, the slightest perturbation of the equilibrium could begin a cascade of events resulting in a bona fide bowlvalanche. How do you avoid this catastrophe? To paraphrase hall of fame pitching coach, Elmer Fudd, “Vewy carefully.” Take away what [...]

Lance

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The Try Out About 14 years ago, my son's little league team needed a coach so I volunteered. I had just completed 2 books, which have since heavily influenced my coaching career: "Positive Coaching" by Jim Thompson and "Championship Team Building" by Jeff Janssen. I was eager to try some of the fresh ideas. Any who has been around Little League knows the tryout drill. 3 fly balls, 3 grounders, 5 swings, and run the bases. They give you a spreadsheet to grade each player on a 1-5 scale. The columns are labeled “Glove, Arm, Bat, Speed” and the widest column, "Comments". Then there’s [...]

Batman And Robin Of Throwing Join Forces at FBR

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When I was 12 years old my family lived in Klamath Falls, Oregon. My father was in the Air Force, and we had spent the previous 4 years stationed in Japan, where there was very little access to English-speaking. So whenever I got off the bus adn ran home, I had 2 things on my mind: 1) A PB & J sandwich and 2) Afternoon TV.  Shows like Matchgame, Gilligan's Island, and Hogan's Heroes were among my favorites. But one of the syndicated shows I really got into was Batman And Robin. It was the best!  One thing I learned [...]

Bloggers Without Pants (and 8th Grade Verbal Commits)

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Had a kid come in for a Precision Strike One Day One-on-One Evaluation and Training Session. He’s a senior in high school who has been working with us since his freshman year. We’ll call him Cade. When I first met Cade he had some significant mechanical issues and physical constraints. He had a big forearm flyout, and inverted w, early torso rotation and a quad dominant lower half. After our initial encounter, I didn’t see him for a while until he returned with severe elbow pain. We got that under control, and he kept in touch with us and continued [...]