By Matt Bourdeau PT, DPT
My previous blog post for youth baseball players was all about athleticism, strength, and quality of movement. While this foundation for youth players will always be at the core of our treatment principles, I wanted to take a deeper look into the strength realm, more specifically Leg Day! For baseball players, our legs are not just there for decoration and sporting the newest UA kicks (unless you’re rocking the newest Bryce Harper cleats). Your legs can generate a massive amounts of force to help rocket the ball down the mound and into the catcher's mitt.
Weak Legs Can Lead to Injury
I’ve treated large volumes of youth baseball players over the years, and the common factor in many injuries seemed to be lack of leg drive. I continued to see more and more kids with really strong arms, but weaker legs and poor velocity coming down the mound.
By Kim Hanson PT, DPT, CCI
Tennis is a multi-faceted sport that requires a variety of skills such as agility, power, flexibility, strength, and endurance. Many athletes are comfortable working on their own to improve strength, flexibility, and endurance; however, agility training is often either forgotten or neglected as a component of training. In this post, we’ll review the importance of agility training and some key exercises to help you fine tune your agility skills.