Five Tool Baseball Performance Training (FTBPT) is dedicated to sharing its knowledge, ideas and opinions on baseball performance training based upon field tested experiences as player, coach and baseball strength & conditioning coach. Proper exercise technique ( to ensure effective & efficient training programs) and baseball related movement patterns are implemented to maximize on-field performance. Emphasis is placed on movement based training which integrates multiple muscle groups. This approach has a greater transfer to on-field performance and can minimize the incidence and risk of injury. 
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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Vertical Jump Test- Don't fall In love with It

It's in my belief that the need to perform the standing jump assessment/test is not necessary, because jumping high doesn't necessarily mean you'll throw harder. The power that's displayed in pitching and jumping are not similar; there are some clear cut differences. The vertical jump test is a 2-leg explosive activity performed in the sagittal plane. Contrary, pitching is an explosive-power activity in which forces are transferred from one leg to the other (making it a 1-leg activity) in the frontal plane, and from shoulder to opposite hip (core rotation) thru the transverse plane. Therefore power development for pitchers ought to be frontal and transverse plane dominant rather than sagittal plane.

Still not sure what to think. Here's some more great info.

Ask yourself one simple question, are you training for a test or are you training for on-field performance?

This is a perfect opportunity to train smarter.

Out train the game.

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