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CSP Elite Baseball Development Podcast: Drew VerHagen

We welcome St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Drew VerHagen to this week’s podcast. Drew speaks to overcoming injuries, developing as a pitcher in Japan, and how he attacks both offseason and inseason training and throwing. This episode is timely, as my new Thoracic Outlet Syndrome course debuted earlier this week, and Drew details his experienced with both the diagnosis, surgical intervention, and rehabilitation for his TOS.

A special thanks to this show's sponsor, Ancore Training. This cutting-edge training innovation serves as an amazing replacement for cable columns and functional trainers, allowing you to train important movement patterns at a lower price point, with invaluable portability, and while taking up less space. We have multiple units at both our facilities and love them. Head to www.AncoreTraining.com and enter coupon code CRESSEY at checkout to save 10% on your order.

 

You can follow Drew on Twitter at @DrewVerHagen and on Instagram at @DrewVerHagen.

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This episode is brought to you by Ancore Training. Ancore is an attachment that rigs up easily to power rack, support beam, or wall mount. Once it’s set up, you can do chops, lifts, rotational patterns, presses, rows, and a variety of arm care exercises. Basically, if you can do it on a functional trainer or conventional cable set-up, you can do it on Ancore – but at a dramatically lower price and with much less space taken up. For these reasons, it’s a perfect addition to baseball facilities and home gym that might have limited space and budget. And, we have multiple units at both Cressey Sports Performance facilities.

Perhaps most importantly, Ancore travels extremely light; you can throw it in a backpack or suitcase and not even know it’s there. I know of coaches and players that are taking these units on the road to overcome underequipped weight rooms and hotel gyms.

When all is said and done, it saves space, money, and headaches while also offering the benefits of portability.

To learn more, head to www.AncoreTraining.com and enter coupon code CRESSEY at checkout to save 10% on your purchase.

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New Product: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: Diagnoses and Interventions

I'm really excited to announce that my new resource - a collaborative effort with the Fascia Training Academy - is now available. This two-hour course, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: Diagnoses and Interventions, has been close to two years in the making.

In it, we take an unprecedented deep dive into understanding, identifying, and treating Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Featuring detailed anatomical animations, guided cadaver dissections, practical exercises, and powerful case studies, it takes you "under the skin" to give rehabilitation specialists and fitness professionals essential knowledge surrounding this potentially debilitating condition. You can learn more HERE.

The course is on sale at an introductory $50 off discount through this Sunday at midnight, so don't delay in checking it out.

*Yes, you read that right: the product includes excerpts of a cadaver dissection (and accompanying voiceover) for the absolute best look at upper extremity functional anatomy that you can imagine. It's a remarkable perspective if you want to truly appreciate how structure dictates function. Gross Anatomy was the single-most beneficial course of my academic career, and I'm excited to share a glimpse into that world with you.

 

 

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The New Cressey Sports Performance x New Balance Collaboration!

I'm psyched to announce that the new limited edition 2022 Minimus collaboration between Cressey Sports Performance and New Balance is now available! This is our third custom training shoe since 2017, and in each of the previous two runs, they’ve all sold out quickly. Check them out:

This minimalist footwear option makes for a great option for lifting, sprinting, change-of-direction, and medicine ball work. And, it's available in both men's and women's sizes. For more information, check out the links below:

Men's: https://www.newbalance.com/pd/minimus-tr/MXMTRV1-38892.html

Women's: https://www.newbalance.com/pd/minimus-tr/WXMTRV1-38926.html

Enjoy - and be sure to tag us on social media when you get your new CSP kicks!

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Exercise of the Week: Bear Position to Thoracic Bridge

Today’s guest post comes from Cressey Sports Performance – Florida coach and internship coordinator, Andrew Lysy.

Bear Position to Thoracic Bridge is one of the newer mobility exercises we’ve been using lately to enhance thoracic spine, shoulder and hip mobility.

Unlike many other thoracic mobility exercises, Bear Position to Thoracic Bridge actively stretches out your biceps and pecs in a closed-chain manner.

In addition to creating length in the biceps and pecs, the athlete will also be working on anterior expansion, manubrium expansion and shoulder extension, which can help you regain shoulder internal rotation.

A few important cues for properly executing Bear Position to Thoracic Bridge:

1. Actively push away from the ground with your legs and arm/hand. While pushing away from the ground, create a cork-screw feeling with your hand so that your shoulder doesn’t tip/dip forward!

2. While extending your hips, maintain a straight line from your shoulders to your knees. This will help resist excess extension from your lower back and put all of the pressure on your hips!

3. Your feet and thighs should be parallel to each other.

This exercise is commonly used as a warm-up, mobility exercise or filler. We’ve used it for 2-3 sets for 5-8 reps. We’ve also held the Thoracic Bridge position for breaths.

Note from EC: If you're looking to learn more about how I evaluate, program, and coach at the shoulder joint, be sure to check out my popular resource, Sturdy Shoulder Solutions. It's on sale for $40 off through this Sunday at midnight; just enter the coupon code APRIL22 at www.SturdyShoulders.com. 

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CSP Elite Baseball Development Podcast: Offseason Hitting Development with Max Rios and Tyler Wolfe

We welcome Max Rios and Tyler Wolfe - two members of the Cressey Sports Performance - Florida hitting team - to this week’s podcast. CSP Hitting oversees the development of dozens of major league, minor league, college, high school, and middle school hitters each year, and in this episode, they discuss how to structure an offseason hitting development program. Max and Tyler also go into detail on how they're innovating with various coaching strategies and training implements while working to foster a growth mindset environment where even the most advanced hitters can "fail forward." I'm incredibly lucky to collaborate with these guys on a daily basis, and in this podcast, you'll get a taste of why that's the case.

A special thanks to this show's sponsor, Athletic Greens. Head to http://www.athleticgreens.com/cressey and you'll receive a free 10-pack of Athletic Greens travel packets with your first order.

 

You can follow @CSP_Hitting on Twitter and @CSP_Hitting on Instagram.

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This episode is brought to you by Athletic Greens. It’s a NSF-certified all-in-one superfood supplement with 75 whole-food sourced ingredients designed to support your body’s nutrition needs across 5 critical areas of health: 1) energy, 2) immunity, 3) gut health, 4) hormonal support, and 5) healthy aging. Head to www.AthleticGreens.com/cressey and claim my special offer today - 10 FREE travel packs - with your first purchase. I use this product daily myself and highly recommend it to our athletes as well. I'd encourage you to give it a shot, too - especially with this great offer.

Podcast Feedback

If you like what you hear, we'd be thrilled if you'd consider subscribing to the podcast and leaving us an iTunes review. You can do so HERE.

And, we welcome your suggestions for future guests and questions. Just email elitebaseballpodcast@gmail.com.

Thank you for your continued support!

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CSP Elite Baseball Development Podcast: March 2022 Q&A

We're long overdue for a listener Q&A, so I cover three questions from our audience in this week's podcast:

  1. Now that we're in the inseason period, are there particular strategies you think are important to prioritize with players across all levels?
  2. College baseball injuries seem to be up early in the season, particularly among high profile arms. What are some of the biggest mistakes you're seeing that you think are contributing to these injury rates in the college game today?
  3. What are your go-to strategies for righting the ship when a pitcher's velocity is down in-season?

A special thanks to this show’s sponsor, Athletic Greens. Head to http://www.athleticgreens.com/cressey and you’ll receive a free 10-pack of Athletic Greens travel packets with your first order.

 

Sponsor Reminder

This episode is brought to you by Athletic Greens. It’s an all-in-one superfood supplement with 75 whole-food sourced ingredients designed to support your body’s nutrition needs across 5 critical areas of health: 1) energy, 2) immunity, 3) gut health, 4) hormonal support, and 5) healthy aging. Head to www.AthleticGreens.com/cressey and claim my special offer today – 10 FREE travel packs – with your first purchase. I use this product daily myself and highly recommend it to our athletes as well. I’d encourage you to give it a shot, too – especially with this great offer.

Podcast Feedback

If you like what you hear, we'd be thrilled if you'd consider subscribing to the podcast and leaving us an iTunes review. You can do so HERE.

And, we welcome your suggestions for future guests and questions. Just email elitebaseballpodcast@gmail.com.

Thank you for your continued support!

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Exercise of the Week: Slideboard Lateral Lunge with Eccentric Band Overload

The slideboard lateral lunge with eccentric band overload is a great exercise I picked up from my buddy Ben Bruno.

You’ll notice that the excursion (on the slideboard) leg has a band around the ankle. This increases the eccentric challenge (slideboard + band = hard!), which has to be offset by a better “hold” from the hinge pattern on the support leg. This hold is comparable to what many hitters rely on to give them adjustability against off speed pitches, and what pitchers feel to avoiding drifting down the mound too quickly — or simply swinging the front leg open.

You can try this with a kettlebell goblet, one-arm racked, or one-arm down setup. We’ll typically program it for 8-10 reps per set, especially because it generally takes a rep or two or athletes to feel it out.

If you’re looking for an exercise that will provide some specific carryover to on-field performance in rotational sport athletes, look no further!

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CSP Elite Baseball Development Podcast: Triston McKenzie

We welcome Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Triston McKenzie to this week’s podcast. I've known Triston since early in his high school years, and his developmental path has been a great model from which other players, parents, and coaches can learn. He speaks to how he's had to evolve as a pitcher, and what he does to embrace what's unique about his body and delivery.

A special thanks to this show's sponsor, Athletic Greens. Head to http://www.athleticgreens.com/cressey and you'll receive a free 10-pack of Athletic Greens travel packets with your first order.

 

You can follow Triston on Twitter at @T_Easy24 and on Instagram at @Triston.McKenzie.

Sponsor Reminder

This episode is brought to you by Athletic Greens. It’s a NSF-certified all-in-one superfood supplement with 75 whole-food sourced ingredients designed to support your body’s nutrition needs across 5 critical areas of health: 1) energy, 2) immunity, 3) gut health, 4) hormonal support, and 5) healthy aging. Head to www.AthleticGreens.com/cressey and claim my special offer today - 10 FREE travel packs - with your first purchase. I use this product daily myself and highly recommend it to our athletes as well. I'd encourage you to give it a shot, too - especially with this great offer.

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And, we welcome your suggestions for future guests and questions. Just email elitebaseballpodcast@gmail.com.

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CSP Elite Baseball Development Podcast: 10 Training Considerations for Hypermobile Athletes

I'm flying solo for this week's podcast, as I'm going to tackle the topic of joint hypermobility in athletes. This is an extremely important consideration in dealing with baseball and softball athletes, yet the athletes with the greatest laxity are some of the most underserved in these populations.  In this podcast, I make ten main points you should keep in mind with respect to hypermobility.

A special thanks to this show's sponsor, Athletic Greens. Head to http://www.athleticgreens.com/cressey and you'll receive a free 10-pack of Athletic Greens travel packets with your first order.

 

Mentioned Articles/Resources: Functional Stability Training of the Upper Body

Sponsor Reminder

This episode is brought to you by Athletic Greens. It’s a NSF-certified, all-in-one superfood supplement with 75 whole-food sourced ingredients designed to support your body’s nutrition needs across 5 critical areas of health: 1) energy, 2) immunity, 3) gut health, 4) hormonal support, and 5) healthy aging. Head to www.AthleticGreens.com/cressey and claim my special offer today - 10 FREE travel packs (valued at $79) - with your first purchase. I use this product daily myself and highly recommend it to our athletes as well. I'd encourage you to give it a shot, too - especially with this great offer.

Podcast Feedback

If you like what you hear, we'd be thrilled if you'd consider subscribing to the podcast and leaving us an iTunes review. You can do so HERE.

And, we welcome your suggestions for future guests and questions. Just email elitebaseballpodcast@gmail.com.

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CSP Elite Baseball Development Podcast: Cory Gearrin

We welcome retired MLB pitcher Cory Gearrin to this week’s podcast. Cory's a very articulate guy who had a non-traditional path to becoming a big leaguer, and this combination makes for some great stories on college recruiting and physical and skill development. He reflects on how he had to adapt in the big leagues, and how both his delivery and pitch selection evolved over the course of his career. Finally, Cory speaks to overcoming injuries, being a great teammate, and developing the next generation of baseball players.

A special thanks to this show's sponsor, Athletic Greens. Head to http://www.athleticgreens.com/cressey and you'll receive a free 10-pack of Athletic Greens travel packets with your first order.

 

You can follow Cory on Twitter at @CoryGearrin and on Instagram at @CoryGearrin.

Sponsor Reminder

This episode is brought to you by Athletic Greens. It’s a NSF-certified all-in-one superfood supplement with 75 whole-food sourced ingredients designed to support your body’s nutrition needs across 5 critical areas of health: 1) energy, 2) immunity, 3) gut health, 4) hormonal support, and 5) healthy aging. Head to www.AthleticGreens.com/cressey and claim my special offer today - 10 FREE travel packs - with your first purchase. I use this product daily myself and highly recommend it to our athletes as well. I'd encourage you to give it a shot, too - especially with this great offer.

Podcast Feedback

If you like what you hear, we'd be thrilled if you'd consider subscribing to the podcast and leaving us an iTunes review. You can do so HERE.

And, we welcome your suggestions for future guests and questions. Just email elitebaseballpodcast@gmail.com.

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