Biomechanics Of Pitching A Ball With Tremendous Velocity And Accuracy

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Biomechanics Of Pitching What do biomechanics and pitching have in common? Pitching a ball with tremendous velocity and accuracy is extremely difficult. The action depends on how the pitcher controls and uses his body to thrust the ball from his hand. “Biomechanics is the sport science field that applies the laws of mechanics and physics to human performance in order to gain a greater understanding of performance in athletic events through modeling, simulation, and measurement.” (Wood, 2010, p.1) Biomechanics is the study that focuses on movement of the human body. In order to optimize his or her performance, a pitcher must understand and utilize the biomechanic principles that contribute to his or her success. In biomechanics, “the human body is viewed as a machine, or mechanical system, subject to the restrictions of the laws of physics. The body is broken down, figuratively of course, into a collection of body segments which include the forearm, foot, thigh, and so on. Connected to one another by pivoting joints, they are moved by muscular and/or extremely applied forces. The idea is to study the human body in action as it goes through some particular movement in order to isolate the various individual motions that make up the activity, to measure the speeds of body segments and the forces that act on them, and in general to acquire accurate data on all aspects of the movement.” (Brancazio, 1984, p.18) It has been estimated that approximately a hundred different

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