Quality and quantity: maximising athletic baseball performances for 162 games in 180 days

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Clive Brewer

In 2016 the Toronto Blue Jays established the first high performance department in Major League baseball (MLB), with a view to placing the athletes’ needs at the centre of baseball’s performance problem: how to maximise performances and athlete availability with 162 games in 180 days across multiple venues and time zones. This presentation will present some of the challenges that MLB teams face, and highlight how true interdisciplinary support is empowering the athlete development programme to address these challenges, with the aim of bringing the world series back to Canada. The session will include assessment driven programming at the individual level, as well as sharing examples of programmes and planning considerations; it will also present some of the considerations that are unique to working within US professional sports. Clive is the assistant director of high performance for the Toronto Blue Jays. Prior to this, he was the head S&C coach to Widnes Vikings Rugby League Club, and a consultant to a number of high performance organisations, including Manchester United, USA Football, IMG Academy, and Wimbledon Tennis Championships. He has formerly held national lead roles – as the head of human performance with the Rugby Football League, as SportScotland’s national programme manager for athlete development, and as national strength coach for Scottish Athletics and Scotland Rugby League. Clive is accredited by the UKSCA, the NSCA, and the British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences (BASES) as a support scientist, as well as being a chartered scientist with the Science Council. In 2015 he was awarded a Fellowship with the UKSCA. His latest book on developing athletic movement skills was published by Human Kinetics in the spring of 2017, and he is regularly in demand to present his work at a number of International conferences