Driveline Baseball is proud to sponsor and subsidize research studies to help mitigate injury risks in youth baseball players while maximizing performance. We have a non-profit corporation (pending) to specifically focus on research – Driveline Biomechanics Research.

Subjects who volunteer for case studies or formal research studies may receive some or all of the following perks at significantly reduced costs (or they may be entirely free):

  • Cutting-edge training techniques to improve on-field performance
  • Prehab movement plans to help reduce the chance of injury
  • Biomechanical Video Analysis  - either two-dimensional (planar) or three-dimensional packages
  • Semi-private or entirely private pitching lessons
Biomechanics Lab: Driveline Baseball

Biomechanics Lab: Driveline Baseball

Pending Research Projects

We currently have no in-house research projects that require volunteers.

Influential Research Papers

Driveline Baseball has read and evaluated many research papers related to training baseball athletes, including but not limited to the following partial list (in no particular order):

Pitching Mechanics

  • Biomechanics of Pitching (Zhen, Fleisig, et al – from the Biomedical Engineering Principles in Sports textbook)
  • Baseball Throwing Mechanics as they Relate to Pathology and Performance (Whiteley, 2007)
  • Biomechanics of Pitching with Emphasis upon Shoulder Kinematics (Dillman et al, 1993)
  • Biomechanics of the Shoulder in Youth Baseball Pitchers (Sabick et al, 2005)
  • Correlation of Throwing Mechanics With Elbow Valgus Load in Adult Baseball Pitchers (Aguinaldo et al, 2009)
  • Humeral Torque in Professional Baseball Pitchers (Sabick et al, 2004)
  • Kinetic Comparison Among the Fastball, Curveball, Change-up, and Slider in Collegiate Baseball Pitchers (Fleisig et al, 2006)
  • Pitching Biomechanics as a Pitcher Approaches Muscular Fatigue During a Simulated Baseball Game (Escamilla et al, 2007)
  • Relationship Between Throwing Mechanics and Elbow Valgus in Professional Baseball Pitchers (Sabick et al, 2002)
  • Valgus Torque in Youth Baseball Pitchers: A Biomechanical Study (Sabick et al, 2004)
  • Coaching Baseball Pitchers (Marshall, 2009)

Hitting Mechanics

  • How to Hit Home Runs: Optimum Baseball Bat Swing Parameters for Maximum Range Trajectories (Sawicki et al, 2002)
  • The Physics of the Trampoline Effect in Baseball and Softball Bats (Nathan et al, 2004)
  • A Study of Softball Player Swing Speed (Smith et al, 2003)
  • Dynamics of the Baseball-Bat Collision (Nathan, 2000)
  • Effect of Ball Properties on the Ball-Bat Coefficient of Restitution (Nathan et al, 2009)
  • The Effect of Spin on the Flight of a Baseball (Nathan, 2008)

Training-Specific

  • Effects of General, Special, and Specific Resistance Training on Throwing Velocity in Baseball: A Brief Review (DeRenne et al, 2001)
  • Effects of Baseball Weighted Implement Training: A Brief Review (DeRenne et al, 2009)
  • Increasing Throwing Velocity (DeRenne, 1985)
  • Effects of Under-and Over-Weighted Implement Training and Pitching Velocity (1994)

Kinesiology

  • Correlation of Range of Motion and Glenohumeral Translation in Professional Baseball Pitchers (Borsa et al, 2005)
  • First Rib Stress Fractures in Throwing Athletes (Coris et al, 2005)
  • Differences in Scapular Upward Rotation Between Baseball Pitchers and Position Players (Laudner et al, 2007)
  • Upper and Lower Extremity Muscle Fatigue After a Baseball Pitching Performance (Mullaney et al, 2005)

Performance-Enhancing Substances

  • On the Potential of a Chemical Bonds: Possible Effects of Steroids on Homerun Production in Baseball (Tobin, 2007)
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