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The Unknockoutable: Cody Martin’s Story

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How could you ever beat a guy who can’t be knocked out? Every morning before our summer program I present a brief mindset segment to get our players prepared for the day ahead. On   June 14th I did a piece I call “Unknockoutable” in which I reported that I believe it would be impossible to knock me out. To prove it I told the players this: I have been in exactly 4 fights in my life, and in 3 of them I got punched square in the jaw with a clean shot, before I even took a swing.…

Lightning Delays: The Myth Of Travel Ball Exposure

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It was the fall of 1999 when my son and I first experienced travel baseball. He had been playing in our local Little League for a few years and I was deeply involved in coaching him and his friends. I really had no idea what this travel ball thing was all about. In our area there were only about 5 teams to choose from and one of them was looking for a pitcher. Ty was a lefty who could throw strikes and he had a good changeup. I  liked the unbridled nature of travel ball, the freedom of self-scheduling…

New Book Teaches Innovative Approach For Eliminating Arm Pain

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  With this book and video series anyone with half a brain can learn to eliminate arm pain independently and fast. I can’t wait to share it with you. Check out the video below:   Keep an eye on your email. In just 2 days, we will launch at an extremely discounted price. Stay sharp! Randy Sullivan, MPT, CSCS CEO, Florida Baseball Ranch  

How We Use External Focus And Feedback To Train Our Athletes (Part 2)

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Earlier this week I released Part 1  of this article illuminating the value of external focus and knowledge of results. In the  second half we’ll discuss how we implement those concepts. Instead of offering verbal cues or cognitive input, at The Florida Baseball Ranch, we use 5 primary methods to improve movement efficiency: 1) Eliminate time: This posit was first introduced to the baseball world by Paul Nyman of Setpro and was presented to me by coach Ron Wolforth of the Texas Baseball…

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

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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…

Weaving Motivation and Intention Into Your Strengthening and Throwing Programs

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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…

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…

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…

Pitcher’s Funny Bone Ain’t So Funny

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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…

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

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I was recently reading through my favorite research journal, the 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…