Effects of a Disturbed Kinetic Chain in the Fastball Pitch on Elbow Kinetics and Ball Speed

A.J.R. Leenen, B. van Trigt, Marco J.M. Hoozemans, H.E.J. Veeger

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The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effect of an experimentally imposed kinetic chain disturbance in baseball pitching on ball speed and elbow kinetics. The experimental design consisted of two (within-subject) conditions. In one condition there was no manipulation (control condition). The other condition involved a manipulation of the kinetic chain by taping the pelvis and trunk. In both conditions, pitchers were instructed to throw fastballs until a minimum of 15 pitches were captured. Inverse dynamic solutions were used calculate the internal elbow moments of six elite youth baseball pitchers. The pitchers that were hampered in throwing fastballs, by the taped pelvis and trunk, showed significant lower ball speeds and peak internal varus moments compared to the pitchers that were allowed to throw without any hindrance.
Original languageEnglish
Article number67
Number of pages7
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventISEA 2020 (Online): 13th Conference of the International Sports Engineering Association -
Duration: 22 Jun 202026 Jun 2020


  • overhead throwing
  • motion analysis
  • kinematics
  • kinetic chain
  • baseball
  • disruption

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