CONCLUSIONS: In three-dimensional analyses of swing mechanics, increased explosiveness and endurance predicted an improved batting average, more extra base hits, and more runs scored per at-bat. Scouts may be wise to consider swing mechanics in their estimations of a player’s value. Likewise, players and coaches may choose training programs that optimize mechanics accordingly.
Biomechanics of Pitching: Horizontal Abduction Predicts Power; Power Predicts Strikeouts and Wins
CONCLUSION: Power was the most important predictor of on-field pitching performance. It was unrelated to anthropometric variables and showed no association with minor differences in maturation (e.g., freshman to sophomore). There was also no association with force plate and squat performance. These preliminary data suggest training horizontal shoulder abduction may correspond to power; in turn, power appears to increase strikeouts and win percentage.
Biomechanical Analysis of Collegiate Baseball: Training Implications for Enhancement of Pitching Endurance
CONCLUSIONS: Fatigue results from repetitive overhead throwing, elevating risk of overuse injuries. Use of Proteus may provide modes of exercise unrecognized by traditional baseball training.
Functional Assessment of the Upper Limb: Support for Isotonic Measurement Devices
CONCLUSION: Performance prediction models and return-to-play testing batteries have traditionally captured functional profiles through isokinetic testing. Restricting movement to a limited range of isokinetic motion results in an inaccurate depiction of what a patient or an athlete does outside of the clinic. Isotonic resistance permitting three-dimensional assessment may be able to provide a more optimal analysis of upper limb function, which translates more directly to athletic and therapeutic contexts. More research is needed to understand how these values may help personalize training and rehabilitation programs.
A Novel Assessment of Baseball Throwing Mechanics
CONCLUSIONS: Novel instruments to assess pitching mechanics enable the generation of new normative data. Preliminary analyses suggest power and explosiveness are inverse to consistency and endurance, and they predict different performances on the field.
Confirming The Coach’s Bias: Power Begets Performance at The Plate
CONCLUSIONS: Even in a small sample, analysis of swing mechanics is helpful in determining performance. An increase in swing power associated with more hits and an increase in consistency associated with fewer.
Biceps and Triceps Contribute to Pitching Performance in College Baseball
CONCLUSIONS: New technology permits advanced biomechanical analysis of baseball pitching. Preliminary testing reveals the importance of arm conditioning for a pitcher’s ability to maintain power output. As more players are tested, we may further our understanding of the role of biceps and triceps function in throwing mechanics.
Biomechanical Predictors of Fastball Velocity in Collegiate Pitching
CONCLUSION: Increased fastball velocity may be facilitated by training internal shoulder rotation and shoulder flexion.
A Three-Dimensional Assessment of Push-Pull Power Ratios Across Various Loads
CONCLUSIONS: Numerous investigations have quantified ideal force ratios of the knee while similar assessments of the upper limbs have received relatively little attention. New technology provides a systematic approach to measure strength ratios of the shoulder and elbow in three-dimensional space. In this context, strength ratios change with load; push power exceeds pull power at low loads whereas the inverse is true at higher loads. These strength ratios may be considered for sport application and recognition of risk for upper limb injury.