These tips are not only for little league baseball coaches but
all baseball coaches who want their players to become as fit as
possible in a safe way. The following tips should be used for
all of the lower back exercises that have been discussed the past
The lower back exercises should always be done by isolating the
muscles in the back and not pushing off with the palms of the
hands to help the shoulders leave the ground. Coaches should
encourage athletes to let their back to the work instead of the
hands, even though it is tempting. Coaches should also check to
see that athletes tighten the muscles in the front of the thighs,
so that their knees do not touch the ground. This makes it
slightly harder to balance, which puts more work on the back
muscles and increases strength faster.
To stretch the lower back, athletes should kneel on the ground,
sitting back on their knees. They should lean forward and
stretch their arms out in front, so that their foreheads are
almost touching the ground. They can lean backward the try to
stretch the back more. Also, athletes can walk their hands to
the right and to the left to stretch each side individually.
When athletes do this, they should lean their body away from
their hands to deepen the stretch. For example, if an athlete’s
arms are leaning to the right, their weight should be pushed over
to the left to help stretch the left side of the back.