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Biomechanical Video Analysis
Here at Driveline Baseball, we offer two types of Biomechanical Video Analysis packages for our clients:
- Basic Package: Two-dimensional (planar) kinematic analysis
- Advanced Package: Three-dimensional kinematic and kinetic analysis (coming soon – may be available to participants in our Research Studies)
The vast majority of pitchers have serious flaws in one or more portions of their delivery, causing them to lose velocity and have poor control/command of their pitches. Without the use of high-speed video to analyze these flaws, pitchers significantly increase the risk of debilitating arm-related injuries.
Studies have shown that the use of an improperly thrown slider can increase the risk of suffering elbow pain by up to 86%, while curveballs can increase the risk of shoulder pain by upwards of 52% (source: Lyman et al). A quick check of our Advanced Baseball Injury Database shows these startling statistics over the past ten years:
- Serious elbow injuries (90+ days on the disabled list) were responsible for 41,997 days missed, with 277 individual players affected.
- Serious shoulder injuries (90+ days on the disabled list) were responsible for 39,696 days missed, with 264 individual players affected.
A study in the Journal of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) indicated that 50-75% of all adolescent baseball players – not just pitchers! – reported elbow pain.
A high-speed two-dimensional (planar) kinematic analysis package will help point out the flaws, injury risks, and performance blocking aspects to your pitching delivery.
We use high-speed cameras to capture your pitching motion at a rate of 210 frames per second (FPS), ensuring very accurate kinematic measurements. Other services shoot video at frame rates seven times slower than Driveline Baseball’s biomechanical analysis cameras, or worse – they have you shoot your own video for analysis! Needless to say, these services are very inaccurate and cannot capture the rate at which the pitching upper arm externally and internally rotates – studies show that the humerus can internally rotate over 7,000 degrees/sec during a 90+ MPH fastball! If you use standard video to attempt to capture this motion, you’ll get nothing but a fast motion blur – completely useless for biomechanical analysis purposes!
Who Can Benefit from a Biomechanical Video Analysis?
Pitchers of all ages can benefit from a biomechanical analysis package from Driveline Baseball. We generally recommend pitchers who are entering their last year of junior high school (8th grade) get one before entering high school, and that high school, college, and professional pitchers have their mechanics analyzed at least once per year (and ideally once before the season starts and once immediately following the competitive season).
Pitchers who have a baseline comparison report heading into a season can fix mechanical issues in the months and weeks leading up to pitching in competition. They can then evaluate their changes when they have their year-end analysis completed.
Can We See a Sample?
Yes! Here’s a sample video shot from the open side of the pitcher with markers dynamically tracking the pitching arm wrist and elbow:
Some key images and measurements can be seen below (click for larger image):
See another example of two-dimensional analysis as completed on the 2011 Seattle Mariners 1st round pick, Danny Hultzen, over at The Hardball Times.
Is Your Setup Portable?
Yes! If you’d like us to film game kinematics, we can do that for a team or organization.
Fill out our contact page below for more information on rates and availability.