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Posted Aug 26 2008 4:33pm

New York Yankees and Injuries

There has been a lot of noise in the baseball world recently about the rash of injuries that is sweeping through the New York Yankee organization. A recent article in the Daily News by Mark Feinsand discusses the possible role of the new strength and conditioning coach in those injuries.

Here's some of more strength training related issues

-The pitchers and catchers didn't stretch their arms before they went out to play. Apparently, the coaching staff feels that their "active stretching" is better for the players. While I agree that in most cases dynamic warm-ups are better, I do feel that the pitchers and catchers should have been doing some sort of static movement, defiantly a a posterior shoulder capsule stretch.

-Pitcher Andy Pettittie has always been squatting with a weight belt. The coaches advised him to take it off then he hurt his back squatting. In this situation the coaches are both right and wrong, yes no one should wear a belt when they squat unless they are going for 1RM attempts. At the same time, you can't just take a belt off someone who has no idea how to brace and squat heavy with no belt on and make him squat. His pattern should of been regrooved to the point that he could put his weight on the bar and hit it without any issues.

That's what it comes down to, they had the right idea but you have to take right ideas a step further

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