STUBBY SAYS: Add Years to Your Career in 10 Minutes Per Game

Apr 1st, 2012

This article is one in a series of Mark "Stubby" Stubblefield's tips for baseball and softball umpires. Mark is the medical coordinator for Minor League Baseball Umpire Training Academy (MiLBUTA). These tips came from discussions with Mark and his talk "Common Injuries for Umpires" given at MiLBUTA.

Ensure you are practicing pre-game stretching, as well as post-game stretching. When stretching post game, be sure to utilize the same routine you implemented pre-game. This extra five minutes will add years to your career and keep you on the field.

For more details, view the MLB Umpire Stretching Matrix that includes diagrams on dynamic pre and post-game stretching routines.

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Medical Coordinator - MiLB Umpire Training Academy Mark Stubblefield

Mark coordinates the preventative care and injury treatment for MiLB Umpire Training Academy students while offering expertise in fitness, nutrition, health and wellness. He currently works with Minor League Baseball umpires throughout the United States and Canada and joined the MiLB staff in February 2011, after a 10-year career as a certified athletic trainer with both the Cincinnati Reds and Kansas City Royals. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Indiana State University in 2000 and a Master’s degree in 2001 from California University of Pennsylvania. The Kansas City, Mo., native is a member of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) and the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA).


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