The purpose of the biomechanical pitching evaluation is to reduce the risk of injury or re-injury by addressing the efficiency of a pitcher's mechanics. If a pitcher is able to generate arm speed using his entire body, then less force and torque will be placed on his throwing arm.
To accurately measure and calculate these parameters of human motion, a biomechanics computer program was developed at ASMI. Reflective markers are first placed on some of the pitcher's anatomical landmarks.
The pitcher's motion is then collected by a 3D, high-speed, infrared, eight-camera Motion Analysis System (Eagle digital system, Motion Analysis Corporation, Santa Rosa, CA) that picks up the reflective markers on a computer.
The pitching computer program is then used to calculate the kinematics (body angles, joint velocities, and timing mechanisms) and kinetics (joint forces and torques). Data from an individual's evaluation are compared to cumulative data from a set of elite pitchers previously tested by ASMI. The data is also studied by researchers at ASMI to determine the anatomic comfort of the shoulder and the elbow joints as that individual pitcher throws the baseball. The results of the biomechanical pitching evaluation are based upon the motion analysis data as well as ASMI's knowledge of biomechanics, baseball, orthopaedics, physical therapy, and strength & conditioning. You will receive a 15-page evaluation packet that includes a written evaluation with our comments concerning the efficiency of your pitching delivery and still photos taken of you during your test.
High speed video of the pitcher is also collected using a Vision Research high-speed video camera. This camera records the pitching motion at 450 frames per second (standard video is 30 frames per second).
If you have already scheduled an evaluation, click here to fill out the background questionnaire.