April 20th, 2012
This week’s article, Part 2:
In my last article I spoke about the importance of strength as the foundation of developing rotational power. This week I cover medicine ball work and other plyometric exercises for developing rotational power.
As discussed in my previous article entitled ‘3 Reasons Why Baseball Players Need Med Ball Work’
I state the importance of medicine ball work because of its ability to train power outside of the sagittal plane. When you create sport and position specific programs it is important to take into consideration not only which planes these movements are occurring but also which vectors are being loaded. Most standard plyometric movements like box jumps or broad jumps or even Olympic lifts all occur along the sagittal plane, however box jumps and Olympic lifts vary in vector when compared to broad jumps. Therefore it is important for athletes whose performance occurs in not only the sagittal plane but also the transverse and frontal planes to make special considerations in their program. Medicine ball training is an excellent way of doing this because of its ability to simultaneously create power in both the transverse and frontal plane.
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