Professional Baseball Strength & Conditioning

Research

A review of workload-monitoring considerations for baseball pitchers.  J Athletic Training. 55(9): 911-917, 2020. Because of the unique demands of pitching, baseball players have the greatest percentage of injuries resulting in surgery among high school athletes, with a majority of these injuries affecting the...

Influence of baseball training load on clinical reach tests and grip strength in collegiate baseball players.  J Athletic Training. 55(9): 1-10, 2020. Context: A baseball-specific training load may influence strength or glenohumeral range of motion, which are related to baseball injuries. Glenohumeral reach tests and...

Players’ perspectives on successfully returning to professional baseball after medial ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction.  J Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. Ahead of Print: 1-25, 2020. Background: As the incidence of ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (UCLR) surgery continues to rise, an improved...

Mechanical properties of upper torso rotation from the viewpoint of energetics during baseball pitching.  European J Sport Science.  Ahead of Print: 1-9, 2020. This study aims to examine if upper torso rotation is caused mainly by pelvis rotation during baseball pitching from the viewpoint of energetics. Twelve...

Knee kinetics in baseball hitting and return to play after ACL reconstruction.  International J Sports Med. Ahead of Print: 1-6, 2020. The purpose of this study was to describe the knee kinetics of baseball hitting, develop a tool to predict knee kinetics from easily obtainable measures, and to compare knee kinetics...

Kinematic sequence patterns in the overhead baseball pitch.  Sports Biomechanics.  Ahead of Print: 1-19, 2020. Conceptually, an efficient baseball pitch demonstrates a proximal to-distal transfer of segmental angular velocity. Such a timing pattern (or kinematic sequence) reduces stress on musculoskeletal structures...

Current trends and impact of early sports specialization in the throwing athlete.  Orthopedic Clinics in North America. 51: 517-525, 2020. Organized youth athletics in the United States has increased greatly in both participation and level of competition over the past several decades. This shift has morphed what was...

The relationship between shoulder range of motion and elbow stress in college pitchers. J Shoulder & Elbow Surgery. Ahead of Print: 1-29, 2020. Hypothesis: College pitchers with increased external rotation gain (ERG) produce increased 5 medial elbow torque (elbow stress), while those with reduced total rotational...

Scapular muscle strength in college baseball players with and without a history of UCL surgery. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. Ahead of Print: 1-21, 2020. Background: Ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injuries are common in overhead athletes and have increased in prevalence among baseball pitchers of...

Individual factors associated with baseball pitching performance: Scoping review. BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine. Ahead of Print: 1-10, 2020. Background: Ball velocity, accuracy and game statistics represent three methods used to measure pitching performance. However, individual determinants of pitching...