I have a training facility in Seattle and have added fast pitch softball to our program and teams. The coaches and trainers that I have working for us are ex-university players and coaches. What we do not have is a sound conditioning program for the female athlete. I am surprised that at this level of experience and play they do not have a solid program that these women used for their training. Could someone point me to the source. I have seen a ton of "systems" for sale but most are just that. We are working with teens at the high school level and we are expanding fast in other ages. The other training facilities in the area offer very little if any conditioning specific for the female athlete. Thanks for the help.
The program would be for the female fastpitch athlete in general but some specific exercises for the pitcher. This is no different than the baseball player. The warm up exercises we have introduced at the ladies speed and agility class has shown how weak these ladies are. Our 12 year old boys are stronger than the 15-16 year old girls. Thanks for the help
Post by Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. on Feb 16, 2006 11:20:17 GMT -6
In a nutshell, all softball palyers should execute programs and exercises of the following.
1. Extensive hip flexibility routine. 2. Extensive ab routine. 3. Protective programs for UCL,ACL, and rotator cuff. 4. Extensive strengthening of the deltoids and rhomboids. 5. Bicep work for speed of release. 6. Triple extended movements using dumbbells (ankles, knees, and hips). 7. Quad and hamstring development. 8. Last, but not least, an active dynamic warmup that is conducive to speed development.
Remember this softball players and coaches: WAKE UP! Every sport under the son, follows a yearly program for strength and conditioning. Softball needs to adopt this attitude as well. This attitude brings healthier players and less injuries, not to mention LONGEVITY. Do not listen to the football coach. CALL ME!