Ahead Of The Curve with Jonathan Gelnar

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37: Trent Otis- Co-Founder of Zona Baseball Instruction (AZ)

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Quotes
  • 3 years into coaching I tried to forget everything I knew about hitting. Now I try and continue to make sure everything I do makes sense, is backed up by video and biomechanical movement.
  • There’s a better way to develop players in a team setting.
  • We want our swing to be such that we launch it based on reaction, not anticipation. 
  • We chart everything in batting practice.
  • I want every training session to be harder than what you are going to see in a game.
  • Our number one goal as hitting coaches: We have to make players successful in the game, not just in practice.
  • Sometimes what you feel isn’t real
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36: Joseph Cancellieri- Director of Research and Development, 108 Performance (CA)

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Quotes
  • The more I learn, the less I know.
  • Its really interesting to look at this 4 things during an entire season.

    • Energy 
    • Soreness
    • Stress
    • Sleep
  • We need to educate athletes on what should be done outside of practice and games so that it can create a world where the athlete is recovered and ready to play everyday
  • Alot of kids have developed compensatory patterns where they complete the intended task but they're doing so in a wrong way.
  • I look at movement as a language of our brain
  • In order for the body to function properly, there must be a cohesiveness between the muscles, joints, and neuromuscular system.
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35: Dr. Stephen Osterer- Chiropractor and Strength Coach, Co-Founder of Baseball Development Group (Toronto)

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Quotes

  • You can get away with throwing year round as long as we’re managing how much throwing we’re actually doing.
  • I take the vantage point of pitchers being a lot less fragile than we give them credit for.
  • One thing we focus on more is quantifying and qualifying range of motion.
  • Its fairly easy to gain strength but a lot of people don’t fully appreciate how difficult it is to make changes in range of motion.
  • At the end of the day we’re creating more movement options for hitting/pitching coaches to use during skill acquisition.
  • There are some things we need to look at more with a critical lens. 
  • Just because it works for a specific individual doesn’t mean we need to throw everything at everyone.
  • Whats the purpose, whats the rationale, why are we doing this and is it doing what we intended it to do?
  • I used to throw everything at everyone because someone was doing it and saying it worked. I think we can be better than that.
  • How we recover in season should be significantly different than how we recover in the offseason

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34: Shaun Larkin- Coordinator of Skill Development for the Los Angeles Dodgers

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Quotes
  • Are you looking to increase practice performance or are you looking for skill transfer into the game?
  • We want to replicate the game as much as possible and help our players to determine what movement works best for them given their body type, flexibility and mobility and perception of whats happening in their environment.
  • If your in an environment where you aren’t learning, how do you expect to pass the test on game-day?
  • Until you explain the why to players and coaches, it doesn’t matter what you’re trying to do.
  • Create environments in practice where its ok to push yourself and to fail because that's where the learning happens 
  • We want optimization not just organization
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