The current data suggests that metabolic training among ML baseball starting pitchers should focus on improving both aerobic capacity and anaerobic threshold. At the higher levels of play adequate training time should be devoted to maximizing these physiological parameters to improve chances of successful performance. Concurrent training strategies should focus on maximizing both physiological variables while attempting to minimize any potential interference in maximizing power. High intensity interval training seems to be the most efficient mode of training to improve a starting pitcher’s aerobic capacity. Neglecting important physiological components can have a detrimental effect on performance but athletes need evidence-based guidance to ensure productivity and a return on their training efforts.
Strength and conditioning professionals should work closely with pitchers, coaches, and organizational management to design and implement appropriate training strategies for pitchers at various levels. The reliance on research such as the current analysis ensures that training programs are evidence-based and effective.