I hope you’ve had a good week and are looking forward to the weekend. To kick it off, here’s a little recommended reading and listening:
Relationship Between Range of Motion, Strength, Motor Control, Power, and the Tennis Serve in Competitive-Level Tennis Players: A Pilot Study – This research study was just published in the past few months, and it once again demonstrates that sagittal plane power exercises (e.g., broad jump) don’t predict performance in rotational sport activities (e.g., tennis serve). I’ve been saying this for close to a decade: power is plane-specific! If you’re looking for more details on this topic, here’s where I first put it out there: What I Learned in 2010.
Andy McCloy on the Physical Preparation Podcast – I was a huge fan of Andy’s first appearance on Mike Robertson’s podcast, and this sequel didn’t disappoint, either.
Frank Duffy on the Robby Row Show – Cressey Sports Performance coach Frank Duffy was a guest on Robby Rowland’s podcast to discuss Functional Range Conditioning concepts and how we apply them with our baseball players.
Top Tweet of the Week
This is the point in the offseason when some players realize that “Just rest it” turned out to be bad advice. Rest might help to resolve the medical diagnosis (pathology), but it won’t do anything to resolve the underlying movement diagnosis that actually caused the pathology.
— Eric Cressey (@EricCressey) November 19, 2018
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When it comes to scapulohumeral rhythm (how the shoulder blade and upper arm collaborate), “smooth” is the name of the game. This is why we want our yoga push-ups to be one polished movement instead of two separate segments (push-up to downward dog). Thanks to @mattsolter for the demo! #cspfamily
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