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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Quick Twitch and Bat Speed

Beyond Athletic Life Lessons (BALL) teaches a unit about strength conditioning and quick twitch versus slow twitch muscles and the effect on bat speed/arm speed.  Both are important.  But in athletics, (especially softball, baseball, golf, etc.) there's a time and a place for conditioning each.  The on-deck circle is an excellent place to excite your quick twitch muscles...but it's no time to be lifting weights.  

We've always believed that weighted bats (donuts, etc.) hurt quick twitch response in the on-deck circle.  Many coaches scoff at this - even at the MLB level.  Have them watch this Sports Science clip...and if they prefer a written version of the research, go to a Wall Street Journal article just might change their mind... 

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