Running Speed, Physical Size
Allow me to introduce you to a word, Myelin, which you may not be totally familiar and what part it plays in making baseball players or other athletes the sought after hero of the baseball diamond or any sporting venue.
Well the short answer is it is the stuff which takes that practice of perfect practice of the fundamentals also known as technique and translates the required discipline of movement for body and muscle into autonomous reflex actions.
Myelin-- a soft white somewhat fatty material that forms a thick myelin sheath about the protoplasmic core of a mylinated nerve fiber.
Myelin Sheath-- a layer of myelin surrounding some nerve fibers.
Check the meaning and use of these two medically scientific terms and you will find they actually form the triggering basis for precise body and muscle reaction time.
Practice of fundamentals in repetitive disciplined fashion is now known to develop more precisively the automatic and fine tuned reflexive body and muscle action.
Now we can approach the early on athletic training knowing that our body and muscle system, through the bodies increasing development of Myelin, while trained in the right fundamentals or technique our skill capabilities are quantumly multiplied.
Each and every body performance skill exists as a circuit, and that circuit has to be optimized.
Therefore "Technique is Everything."
Youngsters beginning to play without having the benefit of proper training and taught proper technique have a real hindrance in achieving and reaching for that golden ring.
Baseball players or that matter any athletic endeavor should be a matter of disciplined practice to achieve improved skill levels so that it is a challenge and joy.
"The Myelin thing is both our Achilles strength and it's our Achilles' heel. It is what makes us human!"
Every gesture and word used in training players to become hitters should be formulated toward the elemental task of hitting the ball clean and hard.
The best of the group will continue to grow and excell and become the All-Stars and the ball playing heroes. Quickness, Adequate Body Strength with Stamina and Mental Alertness Adds To The Needed Formulation for The True Complete Super Athletic Performance.
The question of proper or appropriate fitness strength must be attuned to the sport one has chosen to enjoy applying his skills to become that sports super hero.
You certainly would not expect a world class sprinter to have the upper body muscles of a heavy weight boxer. Should a champion swimmer carry as much body weight into competition as the offensive guard on a Division I level college football team?
The answers are obvious so to pass along a good rule of thumb without explicit elaboration. "All athletes must have body strength and dexterity to handle his body size to execute every skill required of his playing sport or competitive activity." With fond memories we remember some of our local hometown Baseball Legends as our Super Athletes
Batter Up----Let's Play ball....