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07
19
2018

A Look at Long Term Weighted Ball Research

Weighted balls continue to be a hot topic of discussion in baseball. We’ve written about weighted-ball research before, and with new research coming out recently, we felt it was time for another update. How We’ve Gotten Here Many years ago, a number of studies looked at weighted balls and how...

07
17
2018

Comparing Coaching Philosophies

Our methods for teaching hitting and pitching differ from most. While there are many different styles of coaching, even those who have seen or worked with such variety find that our methods stand out in a number of ways. We’ve previously discussed various reasons for why we use weighted balls and wr...

06
21
2018

A Closer Look at the Kettlebell Carry

Recently we released our first peer-reviewed study at Driveline Baseball, titled “Surface Electromyographic Analysis of Differential Effects in Kettlebell Carries for the Serratus Anterior Muscles.” Now, the title is a little long and perhaps challenging to understand specifically what we studied. S...

07
27
2017

Front Side Glute Data in Pitching – An EMG Pilot Study

Let us start by recalling an earlier blog post about efficient front leg mechanics and what they do for the throwing motion, and velocity. In this post, we talk about how the front leg has the job of “slamming on the breaks” [1] and stopping the momentum of the body allowing for maximal momentum tra...

04
19
2017

Defining Long-Toss

Recently, a third study was published on long-toss which brought to light some interesting data. Pitchers, PCs, and ATCs with five MLB teams completed an anonymous survey on personal use of long-toss and their perception of distance and throwing mechanics. The results of this survey show that player...

02
22
2017

Pitching Mechanics: What We Don’t Know

Pitching mechanics are possibly the most hot topic you can talk about in baseball. They are often simplified, for a number of reasons, down to a degree where they can lose meaning. In this series, we’re going to break down some things that affect pitching mechanics and how we approach “teaching” mec...

10
28
2016

Elbow Stress, Motus Sleeve, and Velocity

Explaining Elbow Stress and Torque When measuring elbow stress in biomechanic labs it is often peak stress that is being measured. This peak stress often occurs during what many researchers call the ‘arm cocking’ phase of the pitching motion. The arm cocking phase is found between front foot contact...