Sport science is currently examining every move we make on a baseball field; research results have dramatically enhanced athlete training and performance.
Everybody knows that knowledge is power, but knowledge without application to coaching practice is pointless. Topics in Sport Science that we pay special attention to in our planning and practice.
In most circumstances, particularly in baseball, athletes are grouped based purely on their chronological age. Though this is very common, it can be problematic for a multitude of reasons. Training programs must be individualized in order to maximize the skill set of each athlete and protect them from a higher risk of injuries.
Monitoring of Training / Game-Loads:
Imperative to enhance performance and prevent injury. Travel baseball has concocted a formula for injury with over congested game schedules and no plan in place to monitor work loads and fatigue factors.
Peak Height Velocity:
Before, during, and after PHV are periods in time in which young athletes are more sensitive to training. PHV normally occurs in boys 13 years old. There is a ceiling for athletic potential, and if these windows of opportunity are missed, then that ceiling may be lower. Put simply, it suggests that athletes who exploit these “windows” have a higher ceiling for their athletic potential than those who do not.
Systematic process of organizing our training into phases. Our goal is to reach peak performance in the Spring and Summer months; with the expectation of optimizing long-term baseball performance, avoiding psychological burnout, and preventing injury.
Prehabilitation & Recovery:
Healthy elbows and shoulders are the key to a successful baseball career. Optimizing performance through functional training is an art and a science. Overtraining injuries can be avoided with a prescription of proper prehab and recovery methods.