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PRO BALL PHYSICALS – SPECIFIC INTERESTS AND CONTRACT STIPULATIONS
Posted by Jack Moore under Baltimore Orioles, Play of the Week on Dec 24, 2013
Physicals with the Baltimore Orioles:
This is nothing new for the Orioles. As Dan Connolly wrote in the Baltimore Sun after the news broke:
“No question that the Orioles are particularly stringent about the medical results from their physicals, which have the reputation of being exceptionally thorough. (In one of the greatest lines ever shared with me, one former Orioles player, after signing a deal and going through an intense examination, told me he thought the club was going to ask him to go to Pimlico Race Course and run 6 furlongs.)”
SB Nation editorial
Reporter: By Chris Cotillo @ChrisCotillo on Feb 16 2014
Korean right-hander Suk-min Yoon has passed his physical with the Orioles, making the deal official, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Because of Yoon's prior health issues and the Orioles' reputation for strict physical exams stemming from the team's nixing of contracts with free agents Grant Balfour and Tyler Colvin this winter, the last step in the signing process was not a guarantee. Everything went well with the physical, and the deal will be announced within the next couple of days.
By Greg Johns / MLB.com | December 6, 2013
The deal is being reported at 10 years and $240 million- Robinson Cano, which would match the third-biggest contract ever for a Major Leaguer. The Mariners declined to confirm the deal, which is still pending a physical exam and finalization of the paperwork.
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com
Tigers, Miguel Cabrera Reach Deal.
Multiple media outlets have reported that Cabrera needs to pass a physical exam before his new deal is complete.
Cardinals Refuse to Pay Prospect $3.1 million
By Jeff Passan September 24, 2009 3:30 AM Yahoo Sports
Wagner Mateo is a 16-year-old from Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. His mother cleans an office and his father works as a handyman. He was planning on pulling his family into wealth with his prodigious baseball talent, rewarded in July with a $3.1 million signing bonus from the St. Louis Cardinals. During the physical examination standard for a player signing such a huge contract, doctors informed the Cardinals of a possible issue with the vision in Mateo's right eye. The team sent him to specialists, but definitive answers were elusive. With the 90-day window to void the contract approaching, the Cardinals acted swiftly Tuesday night. They swooped in and took money from a blind kid.
PHYSICAL TRAINING – ALL INCLUSIVE
Custom Fitness Elite Athletes Flock to State-of-the-Art Arizona Facility Where Training Regimens are Tailor-Made for Them
By Shira Springer, Globe Staff | August 21, 2005
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Curt Schilling wants to pitch two more seasons, then leave baseball at the top of his game. The 38-year-old Red Sox ace contemplates his retirement without any hesitation. No sense of regret. He feels lucky to even consider pitching until age 41. Without the help of Athletes' Performance, Schilling believes he would not be pitching at all now.
When asked what brought him to the training facility on the campus of Arizona State University three years ago, Schilling said, ''Age." He wanted career longevity comparable to that of Roger Clemens (age 43) and former teammate Randy Johnson (age 42), and figured a better offseason routine was necessary. The physical therapists and coaches at Athletes' Performance exceeded his expectations, not only lengthening his career, but, after he underwent major ankle surgery, perhaps saving it.
After an exhaustive evaluation process, athletes follow workouts that include both traditional drills and more innovative exercises involving physioballs and Pilates-like stretches. The coach-to-athlete ratio (often 1-to-1) exceeds any that would be found in crowded NFL, MLB, NHL, or NBA weight rooms. If an athlete follows a training plan designed by AP with attention to form, core strength, and diet, Verstegen guarantees improved performances.
''We want to make sure we go through all the different variables that affect an athlete's performance," said Verstegen. ''That includes getting into their lifestyles, their recovery patterns, their nutritional patterns, the entire package."
AP strives for a cooperative relationship with all of its athletes and their teams, providing additional support, not alternatives, to team training programs. In that respect, the Red Sox serve as a model, with physical therapists, trainers, and strength and conditioning coaches regularly consulting. General manager Theo Epstein views what AP does for Schilling in rehabilitation, Varitek in maintenance, and Youkilis in development as extremely valuable. AP offers a blueprint for what the Red Sox would like to establish at their Fort Myers, Fla., training facility.
NUTRITION FOR BASEBALL – COLLEGE AND PRO’S[/u]
The following information was taken from an article written by the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) Sports Sciences division.
***Be sure to consult your doctor before beginning any diet.
The following article is for/about University or College aged players.
The nuts and bolts of eating for training, competition, and recovery.
What drives the ball and body around the field is energy. The physiological energy source for playing baseball is primarily anaerobic-which means carbohydrate energy is key for performance plus a daily dose of high quality protein for muscle power required for strength, endurance, and recovery.
Like baseball, eating well requires skill-coordination of meals and snacks and reaction time, dietary reaction time means eating three meals plus two snacks every few hours throughout the day, with the goal of meeting calorie needs and maintaining muscle mass. Without a steady dose of protein, roughly 25 grams of protein per meal, along with substantial calories from foods like grains, pasta, rice, potatoes, beans, peas, corn, bread, vegetables, fruits and low fat dairy, injury, stress, and illness become ones' personal three strikes towards dietary disaster.
Eating and getting enough fluids before and after game time gives athletes the leading edge-a steal towards playing well. Getting a variety of foods throughout the day, foods like lean meats, chicken, fish, pork, eggs, and milk plus whole grains, colorful fruits and vegetables ensures that players will get enough vitamins and minerals-micronutrients that assist the body in using energy from carbohydrates, protein and fat.
Just like the glove helps to catch the ball, vitamins and minerals from fresh foods, grilled meats, deep green veggies, and fruits helps the body to use the energy from food easier. Sure, one can still eat fast foods, chips, soda and candy, but without enough vitamins and minerals and too much fat, salt, and additives that the fast foods offer will make it more difficult to feel energized, stay fit, and quickly recover from a day at the park. Ample fluids and sport drinks like Gatorade help and are critical for the final nutritional slide to home plate.
On the Road
The key to getting enough food on the road, regardless of travel or late games is to plan ahead. Take a stash of sport or breakfast bars, shakes, sport drinks, crackers, trail mix, healthy soups like vegetable, bean, noodle or minestrone, small cereal boxes, fresh fruit, and mini bagels to practice, on the bus or plane. When ordering out, have a sub with lean meat, all the vegetable fixings, and a dab of lite mayo or mustard, or try a grilled chicken salad or sandwich or grilled burger at the local fast food joint, and at a more formal restaurant go for the soup, salad, warm dinner rolls, grilled fish, seafood, poultry or game. If dessert is a tradition, try a sorbet or frozen yogurt cone. For snacks, go for some pretzels-large warm or out-of-the-bag, baked potato or tortilla chips with bean dip or salsa, or an apple, banana, pear, peach or bunch of grapes. And don't forget the fluids-without fluids, your muscles will buckle, your mind will melt, and batter will be out!
A Day in the Life of the 3,000 Calorie Baseball Diet
The typical University baseball player needs roughly 3,000 calories, 50% of those calories from carbohydrates (375 grams), about half their body weight or 1 ½ times that amount in protein grams (weight = 200 pounds, about 100 to 150 grams) and no more than 70 grams of dietary fat from oil, nuts, butter or sauce. A recommended eating day for the 3000 calorie performance plan can be found in the sidebar.
• Scrambled egg whites with lite cheese, greens, tomato and mushrooms
• Whole wheat raisins bagel or wheat toast with jam and lite cream cheese
• 1 cup low-fat milk
• 1 cup orange juice
• 1 cup fresh fruit or banana
• Sport shake or bar or small bag trail mix or yogurt smoothie
• 12" turkey sub with greens, tomato, pepper, onions and lite mayo on whole wheat
• Bag of baked chips
• Gatorade or Water
• Gatorade or Water
Immediately after training (within 30 minutes)
• Smoothie, fruit bar, orange slices, banana
• Deep green salad with tomatoes, carrots, croutons, and lite dressing
• A few dinner rolls
• Grilled ½ chicken
• Peas and corn
• Baked potato with lite butter and chives
• 1 glass lowfat milk
• Lite popcorn, fresh fruit, pretzels, baked chips, lite ice cream, yogurt or sorbet
NCAA Committee Approves Expanded Meal Allowances for Athletes
Last Updated - Apr 15, 2014 21:32 EDT
Division I student-athletes can receive unlimited meals and snacks in conjunction with their athletics participation, the Legislative Council decided Tuesday. The rule, which applies to walk-ons as well as scholarship student-athletes, is an effort to meet the nutritional needs of all student-athletes.
The provision of meals approved Tuesday is in addition to the meal plan provided as part of a full scholarship. Prior to this change, scholarship student-athletes received three meals a day or a food stipend.
Council chair Mary Mulvenna, associate commissioner of the America East Conference, said Tuesday’s decisions underscored the commitment to student-athletes.
“[Tuesday] we took action to provide meals to student-athletes incidental to participation,” Mulvenna said. “I think the end result is right where it needs to be.”
No action is considered final until the Division I Board of Directors meets April 24.
The adoption of the meals legislation finished a conversation that began in the Awards, Benefits, Expenses and Financial Aid Cabinet. Members have worked to find appropriate ways to ensure student-athletes get the nutrition they need without jeopardizing Pell Grants or other federal aid received by the neediest student-athletes. With their vote, members of the council said they believe that loosening NCAA rules on what and when food can be provided from athletics departments is the best way to address the issue.