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03
15
2017

Computed Muscle Control Analysis of Pitching Mechanics

Continuing with our validation of a Forward Dynamic analysis of the pitching motion from last week (Part One), we had run through the initial stages of the simulation pipeline to have an accurately scaled model that is tracking the recorded kinematic motion and associated force plate kinetics closel...

03
08
2017

Forward Dynamic Simulations of Pitching Mechanics

Previously at Driveline Baseball, we featured an exciting and informative three part series by Dr. James Buffi on his work toward an innovative new training and elbow injury prevention approach that has the potential to better protect a pitcher’s weak link- the UCL (Part One). While traditional meth...

03
09
2015

How Muscles Work to Protect a Pitcher

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...

02
18
2015

Challenges with Typical Biomechanical Analyses of Pitching

This is a guest post from Dr. James H. Buffi, Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. It is impossible to overstate how excited I am to have Dr. Buffi contribute to our blog in what will be the first article in a three-part series on the biomechanics of pitching. In 2014, Dr. Buffi had a paper published ti...

12
26
2012

How to Analyze Pitching Mechanics Without a Biomechanics Lab

There are a few writers and people out there who criticize me for talking about pitchers’ mechanics without having specific joint loads (kinetics), stating that it’s akin to “guessing” without any merit. Their claims that without a full biomechanical analysis (presumably usin...

01
05
2012

Biomechanics Explained: The Difficulty of Measurement

I wrote this for some friends of mine who had questions about biomechanics, and figured I’d share it here. ——- I’ll start with an introduction to what it is I’m studying. Biomechanics is nothing more than the description of mechanics (using the physics definition) as ap...