Joe Giangrasso has the unique and distinguished career of working as a Strength and Conditioning Coach for the New York Yankees in 2011-2013. Prior to working with the Yankees, Joe was the Strength Coach for the Milwaukee Brewers Dominican Instructional League. His experience also includes working for two years in the Cape Cod Baseball League with the Chatham Anglers. His goals included demonstrating the value a strength coach holds to a team and players who were unaware of how to train during the summer season. Today, he is a consultant to more than twenty professional baseball players.
Physical exercise is any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness. It is performed for various reasons, including increasing growth and development, preventing aging, strengthening muscles and the cardiovascular system, honing athletic skills, weight loss and maintenance.
It shouldn’t be surprising how many injuries are being developed at such a young age. Injuries have been on the rise from youth athletes specializing in one sport. Repeating the same motion over and over again without proper neuromuscular training, mobility stability, rest and recovery will ultimately lead to injuries.
Weight training is a common type of strength training for developing the strength and size of skeletal muscles. It utilizes the force of gravity in the form of weighted bars, dumbbells or weight stacks in order to oppose the force generated by muscle through concentric or eccentric contraction. Weight training uses a variety of specialized equipment to target specific muscle groups and types of movement.
Stretching is a form of physical exercise in which a specific muscle or tendon is deliberately flexed or stretched in order to improve the muscle’s felt elasticity and achieve comfortable muscle tone. The result is a feeling of increased muscle control, flexibility, and a range of motion. Stretching is also used therapeutically to alleviate cramps.