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Monday, January 14, 2013

The need for speed

I have a blog on word press that is anything and everything baseball. I posted tody abot speed and muscle fibers. The post follows

In baseball as in any other sport speed is a great equalizer. If you have speed you can run down a fly ball that is hit over your head, beat out an infield single, steal a base to help your team win, or helps you get to a ball hit in the hole. I found an article written by Tony Giardina where he lists the top 10 fastest baseball players in the MLB. Here is the list
10. Ichiro Suzuki
9. Carl Crawford
8. Matt Kemp
7. Cameron Maybin
6. Emilio Bonifacio
5. Coco Crisp
4. Jacoby Ellsbury
3. Jose Reyes
2. Brett Gardner
1. Michael Bourn
You can read his thoughts and the stats he provided here http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1084999-2012-mlb-rankings-top-10-fastest-players-in-baseball.
All these players use their speed to help their teams win but are you born with speed or is it a skill that can be taught.


People are born with 2 different types of muscle fibers. They are slow twitch and fast twitch which can be broken down in to IIa and IIb fast twitch fibers. Slow twitch fibers are used for long duration and slow intensity. These fibers are used for long distant runners and endurance sports. Fast twitch fibers are normally associated with short, powerful bursts of energy and rapid fatigue. These are the fibers that help you run faster.


Everyone is born with both types of fibers, some are just born with a different combination than others. This is why some people are better at long distance running and some are better for speed. Speed training cannot change the slow fibers you have to fast twitch fibers. Training does strengthen the fibers you do have and can make you faster. Plyometric training involves high-intensity, explosive muscular contractions. The most common plyometric exercises include hops, jumps and bounding movements. These exercises typically increase speed and strength and build power. You can also work with short explosive sprint drills, butt kicks, high knees, and agility drills with a rope ladder.


In closing some are born with speed but with the right training you can become fast as well. Training for fast footwork and reaction time can give you the extra step you need. Speed kills but heart, hard and the will can get you there as well.

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