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Bull Whip Calamity: The Importance of Movement Analysis

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The summer after I graduated from high school, I needed a job.  As a three sport athlete, I was at a practice or a game just every day of my life , so having a regular job had been out of the question.  Now I was heading off to college and needed to spend the summer making cash to allay some of the ancillary costs.  A lot of my friends worked in our little mall, so I thought that might be an option.  I walked into every store and filled out applications until my hands, head, and neck were sore. …

Pete Rose Is James J.Gibson

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As a baseball coach and a physical therapist, I’ve been trying to make players and patients to optimize their movement patterns for nearly 30 years, and there’s something I’ve recently realized … I can’t make players or patients optimize their movement patterns.   The more I learn about James J. Gibson’s Direct Perception Theory, the more I realize that in movements involving time pressure, I can’t make you move. Your coach can’t make you move. Even…

Why It Doesn’t Take 10,000 Hours

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We’ve all heard of the 10,000 hours rule. It was made popular by author and Malcom Gladwell in his 2008 book, Outliers. In this book he alluded to research by Anders Ericcson suggesting that it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to master a skill. I read the book and it sounded legit. I even wrote about it in the first “book” I ever published. It was an awful piece — more of a manual — called Building the 90 mph Delivery. It sold approximately 4 copies and included…

Is How You Learn A Skill Is More Important Than What You Learn?

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Coming from the medical world was certainly a difference-maker in the early success of our students — many of whom were overcoming significant throwing injuries. Our knowledge of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, biomechanics and the cellular biology of the human body, gave us the tools to help a lot of players. However, while our medical background is definitely an edge in training players, it’s not the biggest separator. The biggest difference-makers for our clients has been the deep dive…

The Odo Solution

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Jake Odorizzi had the best year of his career in 2019 and was rewarded with $17.8 million one-year contract with The Minnesota Twins for the 2020 season. According to Michael Augustine of FanGraphs, “In 2019, Jake Odorizzi went from being a promising middle of the rotation arm to one of the best starting pitchers in baseball. With a career-best 3.36 FIP and a nearly 5% jump in his strikeout rate, he was able to post the highest WAR (4.3) of his six-plus seasons in the major leagues. His…

Eccentric Biceps Is The Devil For A Throwing Athlete

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It seems that anytime a throwing athlete complains of anterior shoulder pain, medical professionals diagnose him with “biceps tendinitis.” Meanwhile, it’s common for some in the baseball world to view pain in the belly of the biceps as innocuous. Historically, the role of the biceps in throwing has been misunderstood, misinterpreted, and misapplied. Let’s try and clear things up. Eccentric biceps is the devil for a throwing athlete.  An overactive biceps muscle can be…

The External vs. Internal Focus Debate In Baseball Skill Acquisition

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I heard a lot of talk among coaches at the ABCA Convention in Dallas last month about motor learning and skill acquisition science.  That’s a good thing.  It’s refreshing to see so many coaches and MLB teams expanding their horizons and pushing toward a more “science-based, data-driven” approach to enhance both in-game performance and player development.  When I played, we all wanted to work hard; however, knowing what to work on was always a problem.  I can remember going into my mother’s…

The Moment I Knew He’d Make It To The Big Leagues

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Since we literally broke down the walls of our Physical Therapy practice and entered the baseball training industry, we’ve seen thousands of hopeful students come through our doors. Nearly all of them have had dreams of throwing 90+ mph, playing in college, getting drafted, or playing in the big leagues. Over the years, we’ve helped 267 guys develop a 90+ mph fastball. FBR students have earned scholarships at every level of college baseball, saving their families millions of dollars…

FBR Complete Game Summer/Winter Training Program

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We get this question a lot: What is the typical day of training like in our summer and winter training programs? This is your FBR Complete Game Summer/Winter Program Agenda On the first day, our staff evaluates every attendee across a wide spectrum of variables.  Each athlete will undergo a thorough physical assessment using our innovative 3D – Baseball Ranch Assessment Tool.  Every athlete sits down with me for a frame by frame-by-frame high-speed video analysis of his throwing and/or hitting…

Got Cut? Good.

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Last week the high schools in our area held their annual tryouts. Opening day is in two weeks. For most of our students, this is an exciting time — a chance to see the results of the hard work the put in during the offseason. That’s the story for most Ranch Guys … but not all of them. Today, the father of one of our students called and requested a meeting before our 4:00 pm class. Tim (not his real name), a right-handed junior pitcher had been working hard all winter and was steadily…