The senior player that wasn’t tested on Monday hit 80 MPH on Wednesday we throwing for the radar gun. That was a 5 MPH gain. What Chris said is correct. To be scientific, the experiment must have two groups: control and experimental. If not, it is considered a one-way experiment. My question as a coach, especially after reading countless studies on weighted balls, is why set up a control group when we know weighted balls work?
For the next three weeks, we are incorporating a new twist to the experiment. This time I have an actual control group to compare the results with. In the past, we had a workout and stayed with it for the experiments duration. This time, the schedule is more flexible. So, we are targeting the glutes, hamstrings, and quadriceps. According to Vern Gambetta, a former strength coach in the MLB said the elite athletes have 150-200% body strength in their quads, hamstrings, and glutes when compared to other athletes. So, staying with the arm, we are going to add the leg curl, seated leg extension, hip flexor machine, and stiff-legged dumbbell dead lift. The players are doing 3 sets of 10 at 70% max at duration of 4 times per week.
The overall objective for the experiment is to get 3 players to create velocity above 80 MPH, while generating the force through entire body mechanics not placing too much stress on the arm. The players seemed very excited about the first test results, so using that momentum I hope they can work diligently to keep improving. I know if they don’t keep working, all their strength will be lost. Thinking back to my coaching classes, I think it is called the Law of Diminishing Returns (?) Does that sound right?
I know many of you are getting started this month, so I wish you the best of luck in 2007!!!