Push Performance boast’s the state’s premier baseball training environment. In the last 6 years, Push has a trained countless high level baseball players, ranging from top youth and high schoolers to Major League standouts, and everything in between. The trainers at Push provide knowledge and understanding of the body, and provide each player a customized workout based on their own needs. Below, Push trainer Chris Adams details the importance of continuing to train while in-season, and how doing so benefits the athlete.
Continued strength and conditioning in-season is vital to an athletes continued success and injury reduction. Why would you train all off-season to gain power and strength to just stop when you need to be your strongest? Muscle atrophy starts in as little as 72 hours when strength training is neglected. This can lead to a loss in strength and power which can lead to injuries. As the season takes it toll on an athlete muscles begin to get tight and shorten which decreases range of motion especially in the shoulder, thoracic spine, and hips. It is important to address these issues within the season with strength training. If the athlete doesn’t regain mobility they will begin to find other ways to get to that position which can lead to injury. As an athlete begins to throw more and more a loss in shoulder internal rotation will occur. It’s vital to shoulder health to regain what is lost within the shoulder so injuries to the shoulder and/or elbow don’t happen. Regaining scapular upward rotation is paramount to keeping the shoulder healthy throughout the season. A loss of scapular upward rotation happens when the sarratus and other muscles stop firing and a the scap doesn’t rotate up and the arm cant’ get to the proper arm slot. The more one throws the more they lose upward rotation. Activating these muscles throughout the season is important to keep the arm healthy and injuries reduced.
Importance of in-season strength training
- Continue to gain strength/power (72 hour atrophy)
- Regain mobility in hips, shoulder, t-spine
- Regain internal rotation
- Maintain scap upward rotation
- Address any injuries/rehab