There are two very important reasons for baseball players to include back training into their strength and conditioning program – injury prevention and improved performance. By strengthening the muscles on the backside of their shoulders, baseball players are able to better decelerate their arm when throwing, reducing the stress placed on the shoulder. The back also plays a large role in creating power in both batting and throwing. With the help of a well-designed training program, that incorporates a healthy amount of back training, a baseball player can expect to hit the ball further, throw the ball harder, and stay healthier in the process.
As summer ends, so does the season for many baseball and softball players. This changing of the seasons also marks the beginning of off-season training for many athletes. With only six short months available to train – minus a handful of holidays – it is important that each and every workout is optimized to get the most out of this short window of time. Following the three tips in this article will ensure that maximal performance and injury prevention gains are made this off-season.