Here’s the latest installment of baseball stuff you should read for December:
The Origin of Throwing Programs + Mechanical Myth – I recently received an email from Alan Jaeger saying he had recently published a new article regarding the origin of the 120-foot throwing program, and why placing restrictions on an arm (especially a Long Toss arm) can be very detrimental. I gave it a read and the first thing I thought was that I need to get this out to every baseball player and coach I know. If you read just one thing today, make it this article.
Crossfit for Baseball? – With the rise in popularity of Crossfit, many baseball players and other athletes have turned to strength and conditioning professionals to find out if Crossfit is a good training option for them. In this particular article, Eric Cressey breaks it all down and helps baseball players, parents, and coaches understand why Crossfit is not a good idea for ballplayers.
Alcohol and Performance – Alcohol plays a big part in our culture. But how does it affect your playing ability? In this short article I wrote a while back, you’ll learn about a research study that reported alcohol can have negative effects on athletic performance nearly 60 hours after consumption. Definitely a must read for high school and college ballplayers.