Motion Analysis

How Muscles Work and Protect a Pitcher’s Elbow

Let’s talk about muscles. Muscles are the motors of the body. They are the components that generate movement. They can also absorb dangerous forces to protect more vulnerable tissues, like ligaments, and this is especially important for baseball pitchers.

Before I dive in, if you missed part one or two of the three part introduction to […]

By |March 9th, 2015|Injuries, Mechanics, Motion Analysis|4 Comments

A More Forward Approach to Understanding Pitching Biomechanics

This is part two of three of the initial guest posts by Dr. James Buffi. Part one was titled Challenges with Typical Biomechanical Analyses of Pitching.

It is impossible to figure out if a specific player scored a run in a baseball game just by looking at the final box score. This is essentially what typical biomechanical […]

By |February 23rd, 2015|Mechanics, Motion Analysis, Research|1 Comment

Control Problems on the Mound? It’s Not Always “Mental.”

How many times have you heard these lines?

“It’s a mental issue.”
“He has the yips.”
“He lost the ability to throw strikes.”
“It’s all in his head.”
“He’s mentally weak.”

They’re catch-all phrases that hope to capture the essence of why a pitcher like Daniel Bard can put up these kinds of insane runs:

It’s generally assumed that pitchers like Bard […]

By |June 25th, 2014|Injuries, Mechanics, Motion Analysis, Training|6 Comments

The Reinvention of Casey Weathers – Restoring What Tommy John Took

Casey Weathers was the first round pick of the Colorado Rockies (8th overall) in 2007 after putting up incredible numbers at Vanderbilt – striking out 75 over 49.1 innings while allowing fewer than one hit + walk per inning pitched. Casey was throwing 95-97 MPH at the time with a wipeout slider, and was tagged as […]

By |May 19th, 2014|Injuries, Mechanics, Motion Analysis, Training, Video|4 Comments

Should Youth Pitchers Throw Curveballs? Probably Not.

The debate on whether or not youth pitchers should throw curveballs rages on, and on, and on. Studies to seem to show that breaking balls are no less stressful on the elbow and youth pitchers who throw curveballs don’t seem to be more likely to have surgery or retire from pitching due to pain, so […]

By |February 17th, 2014|Mechanics, Motion Analysis|3 Comments

How to Efficiently Change Your Pitching Mechanics

Recently someone asked me a question that I get fairly frequently:
I see a lot of strength, conditioning, and training videos and articles on your site, but not a lot about mechanics. Do you teach mechanics in your Elite Velocity Development program?
I have mixed reactions to questions along these lines – one being confusion; certainly I’ve […]

By |November 15th, 2013|Mechanics, Motion Analysis, Training|5 Comments

New Video Analysis Techniques in Our Lab (Facility Update, 11/14/13)

Our biomechanics lab is in the process of getting a rather large upgrade. I’ve been head down on building a custom high-speed video solution for our lab, which as of next week will include these cameras:

Four synchronized high-speed cameras that feed into a central video server, shooting at 180 FPS from these fixed angles: Overhead, […]

By |November 14th, 2013|Motion Analysis, Research, Training, Video|0 Comments

Pro Baseball Summit, New Underload Baseball Record, Seminar Dates, Mariners’ Scout Team, and Wireless EXG Sensors – MaxVelo News

I’m going to try to make these posts a little more frequently since the 2013-2014 offseason is here, which means tons of action. Let’s get to it!
Pro Baseball Summit
Driveline Baseball will be hosting the first annual Pro Baseball Summit at our facility in SeaTac, WA from September 15th-21st. This seminar/group work session is open to […]

By |September 2nd, 2013|Mechanics, Motion Analysis, Seminars, Training|0 Comments

A Biomechanical Understanding of the Late Launch (Wolforth Tenet)

While in Houston for the Ultimate Coaches’ Bootcamp, Ron talked about a “late launch” being important in the pitching delivery. You see it in pitchers like Roger Clemens and Trevor Bauer:

You should theoretically see it in Dr. Marshall’s pitchers, since he teaches to point the acromial line towards home plate and forwardly rotate the torso as far as possible before ball release, but you don’t see this in Jeff Sparks or Mike Farrenkopf:

Brian Oates recently wrote about the late launch over at Oates’ Specialties, saying (amongst other things):
A late release does not only help a pitcher exert more linear force behind the ball toward home plate (resulting in better velocity and command), but it is also key to efficient pronation of the arm.
A reader of my blog emailed me and asked:
I was reading up on your site and oatesspecialties blog on his site about late launch. I think I basically understand the principle of having your throwing shoulder in front of glove shoulder. The description of applying force in a straight line to the target is where I get lost. I’m interpreting it like pushing the ball. I know my interpretation is wrong. Can you clarify a bit?
If there’s anything I’m good at, it’s taking a cue and breaking it down into its specific biomechanical parts. So, let’s get cracking!

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By |January 22nd, 2013|Mechanics, Motion Analysis|4 Comments

Andrew Cashner’s Pitching Mechanics (Quick Post)

While I was going through my huge library of pitching clips (over 3 GB at this point), I found one of my favorite examples that shows how complicated the 95 MPH delivery can be.

Enter Andrew Cashner, a man who can throw 100 MPH:

Note where the video is slowed down. It’s not rotation, it’s not linear […]

By |December 30th, 2012|Mechanics, Motion Analysis, Video|1 Comment