Get To First Base Faster

Get To First Base Faster How many close call throw-outs have you seen at first base? If the runner had been just a fraction of an inch faster, he'd have been safe. A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research suggests that push off acceleration makes the difference between beating the ball to the first baseman's glove and getting called out.

Scientists analyzed 1,896 sprints to first base by 302 players. Times were recorded from the batter's box all the way to first base, which is 90 feet away, and also for a split time half way down the foul line 45 feet from home plate. Velocity and acceleration were greater for lefties than right handed batters. Initial acceleration was greater for outfielders than infielders, and infielders generally started faster than catchers. Regardless of position, there were no differences in acceleration between 45 and 90 feet.

True Strength Moment: From these observations, it looks like the best place to quicken your pace is the first 45 feet of any run to first base. If you train in the acceleration phase during the off season by practicing 10 yard sprints, working in sets of heavy squats and including plyometric box jumps in your program, you might be able to get on base more times next season.
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