Post by Jeremy Loftice, C.S.C.S. on May 13, 2005 9:40:15 GMT -6
One way for us to assist you in the understanding of baseball pitching injuries is to give you the opportunity to have us analyze your pitching mechanics biomechanically. The goal of the biomechanics evaluation is to determine the mechanical efficiency of the pitcher's delivery. If you are interested in finding out more about this process or cost and scheduling, please click here (www.asmi.org/bioEval.php?page=bio_eval) For general questions and discussion, click on reply.
Have you ever considered analyzing the throwing mechanics of middle infielders? We have graduated 2 Division I college pitchers that developed arm problems after their senior year in high school. It was suggested that their alternate posiiton play (shortstop) might have contributed to overuse injury when they were not pitching. Often they would move to the shortstop position after an incomplete game when they were tiring on the mound. Obviously the movement right and left might create a problem for instrumentation.
Post by Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. on Feb 25, 2006 18:40:12 GMT -6
We have analyzed the throwing mechanics of all positions, although not to the extent of pitchers of course.
Throwing mechanics of other positions are usually not the primary problem. The primary problem is often overuse and inadequate rest. When a pitcher has a short outing and comes out due to performance or strategy (as opposed to fatigue), it is reasonable to let him play another position. Also, it is reasonable to play another position on non-pitching days. However, when a pitcher does reach the point of fatigue, the player and coaches need to insure the player gets adequate rest for recovery.
Assuming you pay attention to use and rest, then assessing throwing mechanics is a valuable secondary issue. Improving throwing mechanics can decrease risk of injury and also improve ball velocity.