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Oates Specialties sells select conditioning equipment and accessories for the elite athlete under its proprietary 'TAP' product line. We offer unique training equipment that targets the fast twitch ATP energy system so that athletes in all sports can become more explosive, dynamic, and athletic. Many of our products also help to improve functional strength, such as rotational power and speed that is critical for sports like baseball, tennis, and golf. A number of our products are designed for the specific needs of the throwing athlete to enable him or her to realize superior arm health and increased velocity. Whether your goal is to become faster, stronger, quicker, or to jump higher, throw harder, and hit it farther, or simply become a more durable athlete, we have the conditioning tools that will help you achieve that objective.

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Improved Weighted Ball Holds with the TAP Baseball Training Sock


This post is dedicated to a new product in the Oates Specialties lineup: the TAP Baseball Training Sock. Before I discuss how the Training Sock can be used and its benefits, it is probably best to describe its genesis. The Training Sock was developed under the guidance of Ron Wolforth and Randy Sullivan, as part of a modified, and improved, ball hold program. For those of you not familiar with weighted ball holds, they have been touted and heavily promoted by Tom House and his group, the National Pitching Association. House claims that studying the biomechanics of a tennis player’s serve helped him develop the hold program. Notably, tennis players do not have shoulder injuries despite their overhead serving motion. A significant difference between a tennis player and baseball player’s...


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Stephen Strasburg Arm Inefficiencies


This is a continuation of my last blog regarding the Washington Nationals and their decision to shut down their ace, Stephen Strasburg, despite the pennant race and the upcoming MLB playoffs. This decision shows that the Nationals organization, as is the case with many (perhaps most) organizations, doesn’t understand why pitchers get injured. In my opinion, the Nationals have decided to take the approach that pitchers only have a certain number of “bullets” in their arm and therefore they better limit the number that Strasburg throws the season after his Tommy John surgery. The Nationals have failed to realize the most crucial point in this entire ordeal: Strasburg was injured not simply because he threw too many innings (or too many pitches) but because of the inefficiencies in his arm action. Strasburg has some fundamental flaws with his delivery that are ultimately responsible for his injury. By not trying to correct his delivery, and instead just capping how many innings he ...


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Oates Specialties is a family owned and operated business. Since starting the company in 2003 with baseball as its primary focus, Robert and Gloria Oates, along with their son Brian, have worked diligently to develop a line of quality athletic conditioning tools that is unparalleled. We hope you enjoy our product line, videos, and blog. Contact us if we can help you in any way!

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