Baseball Season Is Finally Here! Fans And Aspiring Athletes Want To Know How MLB Players Prepare Themselves To Hit And Throw For Power, And How They Can Stay Healthy This Season.
Part 2: Preventing baseball injuries, improving performance
through core training
Core strength is also extremely important in linking lower body power to hitting and throwing. Core training exercises should revolve around stability training versus crunches and situps. We want to train the core to be an elastic recoil device, so that when the hips and shoulders turn they create stored energy in the core to hit for power and throw harder.
Research has also shown that as core stability endurance improves (as measured by timed plank) that the number of innings pitched goes up, strike to ball ratio improves, and the pitcher has lower rates of injury.
Side planks, front planks, glute bridges, bird dogs, and prone shoulder work shouldbe staples of any baseball program.
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