To prepare for a game, baseball players traditionally warm up using static stretches and short sprints, along with fielding, throwing, and hitting practice.
After the formal team warm-up, players tend to do arm circles, or other exercises, to prepare for more intense movement.
The traditional warm-up for a game takes an hour or more and uses the entire baseball field.
In contrast to a pre-game situation, players participating in showcases and baseball combines have neither the time nor the space for the traditional warm-up.
Because of this, many players fail to warm up properly before showcases, hindering performance and increasing the chances of injury.
By using dynamic warm-up routines and exercises, players can be ready to take the field for specific baseball activities, such as throwing or batting.
A dynamic warm-up routine:
Use this warm-up to get you ready and properly stretch your body, so you can take the field at baseball showcases or combines with less risk of injury.
After you finish general baseball warm-up exercises, you can prepare for the specific activities you'll be tested on, such as throwing and fielding.
At the conclusion of the showcase, you should do some static stretches to aid in recovery from the day’s events.
For more information on preparing for showcases and baseball combines, contact:
UPMC Sports Performance
3300 South Water St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203