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Baseball Conditioning Myths Part 1


Hi, my name is Dr. Chris McKenzie, board certified
sports and orthopedic physical therapist for players in Major league baseball, minor leagues,
the NCAA and youth baseball. In part 1 of this video I’m going to bust the 2 biggest
myths on baseball conditioning. Myth #1: In order to increase a baseball players’
stamina, to be able to play the whole game at 100%, the baseball player needs to run
long distances. FACT. Baseball is an explosive sport and played
using the anaerobic energy system, also known as anaerobic glycolysis, meaning that there
is little-to-no oxygen needed to perform baseball sport movements.  Running longer distances
uses the aerobic energy system, meaning it uses oxygen as its primary source to generate
energy. Even the least explosive position on the field, the first basemen, doesn’t
perform aerobic, oxygen demanding movements. Contrast that with the most explosive position
on the field –the pitcher, who regularly hurls the ball towards home plate in about
1 second, and then rests for 20 seconds–he or she, is definitely using an anaerobic energy
system to do this.  So, in its most simplistic form, you cannot improve a baseball players’
anaerobic stamina by having them practice aerobic conditioning.
Myth #2:  Running longer distances is able to get the toxins and Lactic Acid out of a
baseball players’ body. FACT. I love this myth because it directly
contradicts myth # 1. Lactate or Lactic Acid as it’s more commonly known, is a byproduct
of using the anaerobic energy system.  A baseball player would not have a build-up
of lactic acid if they were training and competing inside the aerobic energy system. So why then
should a baseball player run long distances to “get the lactic acid out” if there
is none? Since the baseball player DOES perform in
the anaerobic energy system there may be a small build-up of lactic acid. I’m here
to tell you your body can rid itself of this Lactic Acid on it’s own without any extra
help from endurance type training. So if you are worried about lactic acid being stuck
in the muscles, don’t! Ok, so I’m done with the biggest myths,
but I want to give you a few more facts and show you how you should be conditioning as
a baseball player. You can check that out in the next installment of Baseball Conditioning,
Part 2, next week. If you know someone who would benefit from hearing this, please share it with them. Do you want to know the secret to preventing baseball elbow pain? Then click here and download my free report: The #1 Exercise to Prevent Baseball elbow pain before it starts and get rid of it if you have it that you can use immediately.

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