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Rotational Training for Baseball and Golf

Here at Made 2 Move, we treat a lot of tennis, golf, and baseball athletes. Whether you're on the golf course in Summerville or the baseball diamond in Ladson, most people could benefit by adding elements of rotational training into their routine!

Rotational training- obviously important for athletes like golfers and baseball players, but should non-rotational sport athletes incorporate rotation into their training as well? Let’s find out.

Rotational movement is important because of its obvious translation into sports but also its translation into many activities of daily life. We rarely move in one singular plane; almost every movement involves rotation in some fashion.

Even the most basic of movements: walking, has a rotational component. Walking?! How is that rotational? While barely noticeable, the torso and pelvis rotate as we walk in order to maintain our center of mass and propel us forward. As our right foot takes a step forward, our left shoulder rotates toward our pelvis, creating that natural, fluid walking motion. Thus, doing rotational exercises in the gym is crucial in order to mimic the multiplanar movements of human life. Rotational movements can help build core strength and stability, as well as maintain mobility through the body.

Almost every sport involves rotation of some sort: swinging the golf club, kicking a heavy bag, or throwing a baseball, softball, or javelin. Additionally, rotation is required for some of the simplest movements we do throughout our day, from walking to buckling a seatbelt to moving groceries from the cart to the car. At Made2Move Summerville, we have the best PTs and all the equipment necessary for building rotational exercise into your training. So what are some of the ways our Summerville PTs build rotational exercises into our patient’s training?

Is rotating just twisting my core?

Many people think that doing russian twists or bicycles is sufficient as rotational training. While these movements are great and are rotational in nature, they don’t encompass the body’s full rotational capacity.

When learning rotational movements, it’s important to note that rotation starts with the feet and transfers to the hips. It is key to incor