Virtual training for baseball |

Virtual training for baseball

Garrett Short
Created: February 08, 2021 10:43 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Mayo Clinic has been adapting to the new world we live in, providing virtual guidance for baseball players during the pandemic.

Its baseball and softball program isn't the same as other throwing programs, which generally focus on improving velocity. Mayo Clinic aims to increase performance, but the main goal is honing mechanics and form to prevent injuries down the line.

"We try to make them so they're hopefully not coming to see us for an injury and also reaching the performance goals that they want to reach," the head of Mayo Clinic's baseball and softball program Dan Christoffer said.

As restrictions limited the amount of interaction with Mayo Clinic's athletic clients, the program went virtual. Athletes would send videos and pictures in of them throwing and receive feedback and drills of what to improve and how.

"There's obviously challenges to doing it over video, but obviously this gives us an alternative to at least get the ball rolling and having them try to be working on some things and trying to move in the right direction," Christoffer said.

Working in-person with coaches is always going to be the easiest way to progress and train, but the new virtual option brings with it plenty of possibilities.

"Being able to learn from anywhere I think is a big thing, when it comes to that cause there could be kids down in Florida and they can be able to play all year because it's warm. Being able to have something like this wherever you go is a big thing," Kasson-Mantorville graduate and Luther College pitcher Kaleb Thiesse said.

As the state has opened back up, Mayo Clinic is now allowing athletes back inside to train, but is still holding virtual lessons because of how accessible they make training.

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