Ian Manning of Orthocore PT offers some off season baseball training advice
As a kid growing up in North Kingstown, I played many sports including baseball for Wickford Little League. As I got older and focused primarily on baseball, my off season conditioning for baseball consisted mostly of aerobic type workouts – running, riding a bike, swimming. My strength training program consisted of mostly baseball related exercises such as swinging a weighted bat, broomstick curls for my forearms, and squeezing those hand grip devices so I could grip the baseball better. I didn’t lift weights or participate in any strength training program at the high school weight room or locally. “Baseball players don’t lift weights, weight training is for football players” I once thought. Research and development of off season conditioning strength workouts has come a long way since the 1980’s.
In doing some research online on some off season conditioning workouts for youth baseball, I asked local physical therapist Ian Manning of Orthocore PT to weigh in on the subject. Ian is a great local resource in the health and fitness industry. He has worked with local athletes of all sports and has worked with local youth athletes on form and technique of strength training exercises as well. Here are some of his thoughts on the subject of off season baseball training for youth athletes.