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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 […]

Catching Some Rays With The Rays: My Observations From Spring Training

by Randy Sullivan
Earlier this week I received and accepted an invitation to spend a day at spring training with The Tampa Bay Rays, my hometown team. For the past 4 years, The Rays and The Florida Baseball Ranch® have been exchanging visits and information and collaborating on some interesting projects.  I’ve been honored to give several well- received presentations on topics ranging from throwing disconnections, the intertwined relationship of physical and mechanical inefficiencies, contributors to arm pain and sub-par performance, and motor learning concepts such as myelination, self-organization, repetition without repetition and the value of emotion as a learning accelerator.  I was […]

Injury-Plagued Career Leads Gator To His Dream Job

by Randy Sullivan
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Hey Ranch Family, Corey Stump here. I’m the Director of Player Development at The Florida Baseball Ranch. For those of you who don’t know me, with your indulgence, I’d like  introduce myself and tell you a little about my background, my story and a baseball journey that took me down a long and winding road — a road sprinkled with success, joy and a lot of disappointment — and led me to at my dream job at The Florida Baseball Ranch. The Early Years I was raised in Lakeland, FL only minutes away from the Ranch. Growing up, baseball was […]

Even Our Data Analyst Can Throw It 90 mph!

by Randy Sullivan
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This is Jordan Rassmann. He is our data analyst. He came on board last summer after graduating from Florida Southern College in only 3 years with a degree in mathematics His job is solving problems — solving problems by crunching numbers — and he’s very good at it. Around here, Jordie is assigned a lot of responsibility, gets a little credit, and takes a lot of blame. Got a problem that needs “scienced”? Ask Jordie. Something screwed up, broken, or missing? Ask Jordie. He usually gets blamed even if it wasn’t his fault. Want answers to complex problems requiring tech, […]

Managing Pain on Twitter

by Randy Sullivan
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Yesterday a twitter friend reached out for help in a post featuring a video of a young man. @WomackStrength said: “Hey #PitchingTwitter I have some questions for you: 1. What problems could you see arising from this arm path? 2. How would you improve this arm path?” @PitchMechanics replied: “I try to default to @FLBaseballRanch’s pillars. If there’s no pain, Velo and command are where they should be for age, and H’s are going back to the dugout angry, why change?” @WomackStrength the responded: “He’s 14 and has been dealing with elbow pain (not UCL area)” After some consideration I […]

The Adaptable Lounge Lizard

by Randy Sullivan
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Last weekend after a long week of training, our staff visited a local eating/drinking establishment to plan our SAVAGE attack next month. We ate. We drank a little and we talked a lot. Here’s the scene… Six of us are positioned at a long but thin high-top table. Orders are taken. Food and drinks are delivered. The staff is debating and discussing our plan for next week, next month and next year. In the corner of the restaurant, a bearded, pudgy twenty-something man with unkempt hair sits on a stool with an acoustic guitar perched on his lap. A glass […]

Orthopedic Surgeons Endorse FBR Approach

by Randy Sullivan
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A few social media bombardiers nuked me recently when I said: Despite resistance from the mainstream, three separate orthopedic surgeons agree with the statement and have endorsed our process at The Florida Baseball Ranch. Dr. Ed Fehringer is from Omaha, NE. We have worked with his son for a few years now. Here’s what he say: “As an orthopaedic surgeon that specializes in shoulder and elbow surgery, I found myself frequently judging most baseball families as delusional when I would see them in my office. Worse yet, I passed my judgments onto orthopaedic surgery residents and medical students that I […]

Strangle The Suck Out Of It

by Randy Sullivan
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Championship seasons suck until they’re over and you get to bask in the glory. They suck because they’re demanding, grueling, full of pressure, etc…but a winning player is one who knows how to embrace the suck! Nobody knows that better than an army man. Here’s what I mean: Last week I got a call from my middle son,  US Army 2Lt Ryan Sullivan.  Ryan is currently stationed at Ft. Benning, GA in training to become a tank commander.  He sounded tired. “How’s it going?” I asked. “It sucks. But, I love it.” He continued. “Yesterday they gave us a reconnaissance […]

New Technology Prevents Tommy John!

by Randy Sullivan
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So… this happened. We got our new Muscle Sound Unit and the company training rep,  Cedar, flew in from Colorado for a day of staff education. We’re really excited about this new technology.  It uses ultrasound to quickly test the fuel level of muscles, allowing us, for the first time ever, to objectively  measure recovery and readiness for competition.  It checks the athlete’s muscles for adequate levels of glycogen and a few other muscle fuel substrates. Muscles that are fuel deficient look different on ultrasound imaging than muscles whose tanks are full. With a little training, and a highly sophisticated computer […]