CSP Elite Baseball Development Podcast – December 2023 Q&A: Early Specialization Shortcomings, Rotator Cuff Readiness, and UCL Reconstruction Updates.

About the Author: Eric Cressey

It’s time for another listener Q&A, so I cover three questions from our audience in this week’s podcast:

  1. What are your thoughts on high school students playing a winter sport? My son has played basketball and baseball since he was 4. He wants to play college baseball and decided as a sophomore he wants to quit all sports but baseball and focus on that. We think he is too young and should play basketball this winter and still attend his indoor baseball session (pitching). Thoughts?
  2. Rotator cuff drills are a key part of rehabilitation and prevention programs, but I’m struggling to see where all the different kinds fit into my program. Do you have any ideas?
  3. You previously talked about lessons learned in terms of Tommy John timelines. I know a lot of surgeons and rehab specialists have adjusted their approaches to surgeries and the associated timelines well. What are some of your key takeaways now that there have been some changes to the way elbow surgeries were approached in recent years?

A special thanks to this show’s sponsor, Hawkin Dynamics, the premiere force plate on the market today. They’re used all day, every day at Cressey Sports Performance and are a key component of both our performance and rehabilitation programs. Head to www.HawkinDynamics.com/cressey to learn more about what a game changer their force plates can be for how you evaluate, program, and train athletes.


Sponsor Reminder

Today’s episode is brought to you by Hawkin Dynamics. In 2016, Hawkin engineered the world’s first wireless force plate solution with a mobile app – making it the quickest, easiest to use, and most robust solution on the market for group testing. Today it is still the only fully validated wireless force plate solution that exists – something that is extremely important when evaluating marginal gains on the world’s best athletes, monitoring readiness, or returning athletes back from an upper or lower extremity injury. It is trusted by all sport organizations large and small; as well as tactical, military, and rehabilitation environments around the globe. It’s force testing in the palm of your hand with research-grade accuracy. We use Hawkin Dynamics force plates at Cressey Sports Performance and they’re a crucial part of our evaluation process, not to mention a vital resource for monitoring fatigue and evaluating the efficacy of our performance and rehabilitation programs. Whether it’s finding the sweet spot on the force velocity curve or keeping a close eye on asymmetries, these force plates are used all day, every day at CSP. Check them out at www.hawkindynamics.com/cressey to learn more.

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!

Sign-up Today for our FREE Baseball Newsletter and Receive Instant Access to a 47-minute Presentation from Eric Cressey on Individualizing the Management of Overhead Athletes!