Baseball is a sport that demands intense physical performance. Hand-eye coordination combined with speed, agility, rotational power, and upper and lower body strength are all required to play at your peak.
Indiana University Health Sports Performance can give you the best foundation for success by helping you develop key skills for the sport.
Before your training begins, one of our certified strength and conditioning coaches will assess your specific level and needs using the Functional Movement Screen (FMS)—this tool helps to identify your specific strengths and weaknesses performing a variety of tests. We will develop an individualized training plan based on the results of your FMS and your goals for your sport.
Some of the primary areas of focus in your baseball performance-training plan include:
- Speed: Learn proper acceleration techniques for running the bases or getting to a fly ball faster.
- Strength and flexibility: Improve the power of your hits and range of motion.
- Coordination and balance: Gain better motion control with techniques that improve your dexterity and stability.
- Agility: Increase your ability to make quick transitions and change of direction.
The recommended schedule for off-season training is two sessions per week, eventually decreasing to once a week during the season. Either group classes or individual training sessions may be arranged.
Preventing Baseball Injuries
Baseball players are prone to ankle and upper leg sprains as well as shoulder injuries. Learning and practicing proper movement mechanics, lower body strength, power training and energy system development can reduce the chance of injury and keep you on the field performing successfully. Learn more about preventing common baseball injuries.
To schedule your free Functional Movement Screen and find out how performance training can improve your baseball skills, call 317.848.JUMP (5867).