The Science Behind Pitching Mechanics

Baseball Pitching with right and right leg back

Kinesiology is the study of human motion and looks at the muscles and joint actions as it applies to sport skill and technique.  It allows us to understand and describe movements, key actions necessary for efficient movement, what muscles do what in the performance of the sport skill, and basically everything that involves understanding how sport motion can be most effective.  Biomechanics is a specialized field of Kinesiology that deals with the factors that are physics related:  speed, acceleration, levers, and force.

By applying scientific laws, sport scientists have come up with accurate descriptions and angles that should occur within efficient pitching mechanics. It is only by comparing your pitching to these sets of standards that you can understand what needs to be changed to make your pitching more effective.  Additionally, knowledge of the key role of each muscle during each part of the pitching motion allows us to understand what specific movements need to be made more powerful in order to improve the pitch velocity.

Baseball pitcher
Angel Borrelli, M.A., CSCS, USAW Sport Kinesiologist

I perform a qualitative analysis of your pitching which is a systematic observation and assessment of the quality of your performance based on the above-mentioned principles.  The purpose of this scientific approach is to create the most appropriate intervention to improve you and move you in the direction of optimal velocity, accuracy, and consistency. Scientific teaching methods complete the cycle from the diagnosis and intervention to the solutions.

The Qualitative Analysis requires the integrated use of information from the following areas:

  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Structural Kinesiology
  • Motor Control & Development
  • Sport Psychology
  • Sports Medicine
Baseball Catcher and phrases: Your injuries, velocity history, ERA, Structural Condition, level of strength & power, physiological development