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Why Your Batting Practice Stinks (part 2)

by Randy Sullivan
How are you feeling? Did you get any sleep at all last night or were you tossing and turning, staring at the ceiling and eventually pacing the floor in anticipation of the release of today’s blog? You’re eyes look a little bloodshot. It’s ok.  I got your back. Yesterday I released a blog that challenged the effectiveness of batting cages and pitching machines based on a motor learning concept called representative design.  Click here if you didn’t get a chance to read it. In yesterday’s…

Why Your Batting Practice Stinks (part 1)

by Randy Sullivan
I’ve said it before … I’m an idea man. A couple of weeks I wrote a blog about an idea for changing USA Baseball forever.  No response from them as of yet.  Still waiting.  Probably tied up in some committee or something. Nevertheless, the ideas just keep on flowing.  Here’s one for all the hitting guys, college coaches, and recruiting coordinators. You’re welcome in advance. Way back in 1970, in what has become possibly the most clichéd quote in the history of the game, Ted Williams…

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…

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…