The Athletic Training Research Laboratory at the University of Delaware is currently recruiting high school and college softball pitchers for a research study on the biomechanics of softball pitching. This is an opportunity to be involved in new, ground-breaking research on softball pitching and to have your motion and different pitches analyzed in a lab.
Study Title: Biomechanical variability in high school and collegiate softball pitchers: a within- and between-pitch comparison
What the study is about: Softball, and particularly softball pitching, is understudied in comparison to its baseball counterpart despite rising participation trends. The goal of this research is to identify differences between high schooland college pitchers’ ability to repeat their mechanics both within the same pitch type and between different pitch types. Information gained from this project will potentially lead to injury prevention and rehabilitation strategies in softball pitchers in the future.
What to expect: A single data collection that will take approximately one hour at the Human Performance Laboratory, located behind the Fred Rust Ice Arena, on the University of Delaware’s south campus. You will first be allowed to warm up to your preference, after which we will take range of motion measurements of your shoulder and elbow. You will then be given some time to adjust and try out the indoor mound and then adhesive retroreflective markers (same type of adhesive used in Band-Aids™) will be placed on your throwing arm, chest and back. We then will ask you to pitch a variety of your mastered pitches that will be chosen at random until ten trials of each pitch type are collected. The total number of pitches will be far less than performed in practice or a game.
What you will receive: In exchange for your participation, you will receive video feedback (DVD) of your testing session for your personal use and review with your coach and/or pitching coach.
If you are a college or high school pitcher in the Newark, DE area (PA, NJ, MD pitchers welcome and encouraged!) and are interested in participating in this research, please contact:
Primary Investigator: Laura Miller, MS, ATC
Good. I look forward to hear your conclusions. I suggest looking not only at position but also energy transfer from one part of the body to the next.