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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 is off to a great start in 2019.   After throwing 13 consecutive shutout innings against the Astros and the Yankees last week, Jake Odorizzi has been named the AL Player of The Week. If you scrub the data from a terrible weather-influenced day where freezing rain made it impossible to feel his hands these are his numbers:  Average fastball is up.  Strike percentage is up, Swing and miss percentage is up. Strikeout percentage is up.   And we’re not surprised.   You see,…

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 a…

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 Training Program

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This is your FBR Complete Game Summer 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 mechanics.  Every athlete completes a pain audit, which includes a through medical history and injury report. …

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…

Sullivan! Get Off The Field!

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How 4 Words Changed a Baseball Career and a Life My first season as a baseball player at The Citadel, I was an ineligible redshirt Junior. I had transferred to The Citadel after two years at Erskine College, which at the time, was a small NAIA school (500 students) in South Carolina. By NCAA rule, I had to sit out for a year. I could practice with the team, but could not play in the games. Lots of naysayers said I was crazy for making the switch. I was a two-year starter at shortstop at Erskine,…

5 Flawed Assumptions Holding Us Back From Real Progress In Baseball Training (part 2)

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Does this make sense? If you want to be a great guitar player, it would be helpful to be able to play the guitar more than most people play the guitar. If you want to be a great chemist, you should probably plan on doing chemistry stuff (whatever that means) more than the average person does chemistry stuff. And if you want to be a great throwing athlete (pitcher or fielder), you should probably plan on throwing more than the average person throws. This is where, in the baseball training industry,…