The Grayson County High School Cougars baseball team will be kicking off their upcoming season with the completion of a new dedicated training facility.
“Conditioning over the years has completely changed, and it’s very sport-specific,” said Coach Danny Clark. “What football players need to do in the weight room is very different from what baseball, basketball or cross-country athletes need.”
Clark said that the team will soon have a plyometric work station in a converted trailer adjacent to the baseball field, and that the facility will allow them to set up equipment that will cater to their specific needs, such as band work, tubing for rotator cuffs, and plyometric stations for exercises such as box jumping.
“It will help keep our kids conditioned and keep them from getting hurt as well,” Clark added, explaining that these types of exercises can prevent certain baseball-related injuries.
Clark said that the team will still use the high school’s current training facility for core lifting exercises, but that their specialized facility will not only allow them to be better prepared, but will give the other teams which share the main facility to have more training time there.
The facility is currently being put together in a trailer donated to the team by Majors Transit in 2006. Previously used for storage, the space recently received a new roof, thanks to man-power donated by the Grayson County Road Crew.
Clark said that the facility still needs additional work, including the installation of garage-type doors.
“Our goal is to have it finished by February 15,” Clark said.