Stride or No Stride? the Biomechanics of Pitching. Essay

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Stride or No stride? The Biomechanics of Pitching. Brandon Ruston and Jacob Holland Mr. Post 2012 Will taking a stride while throwing a baseball increase you speed and accuracy of the pitch? Yes. The fact that you are taking a stride helps tremendously your speed and accuracy while throwing a baseball. The stride helps with changing your momentum from your back leg to your from leg which helps to keep you going to forward and add speed to the ball. The ball we use and the distance from the bed sheet are the constants while the speed and accuracy of the pitch are the controls. Each pitcher (there will be 3) will throw 10 pitches with a stride and 10 pitches without a stride. We will measure the speed of the pitch with a…show more content…
It is during the follow-through that injuries to the posterior shoulder occur. The body must now dissipate the energy that has been developed to accelerate the ball. This is one reason it is important for the body to continue to move after the ball is released. (Houglum). There are many more terms and concepts in throwing a baseball then the wind-up, cocking, acceleration, and the follow through. There is also the stride, your pelvis, rotation, deceleration, force, gravity, resistance and speed. (Maranowski). Within the shoulder, there are three major bones used. They are the clavicle, humerus, and the scapula. Another major component of the shoulder while throwing is the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff is made up of four small muscles which are the subscapularis, supraspinatus, infraspinatus, and the teres minor. The main responsibility of the rotator cuff is for the stability of the shoulder joint. It holds the humeral head in the glenoid socket during early abduction while throwing. (" biomechanics of," ). Common injuries that occur while pitching are elbow tendonitis, rotator cuff tendonitis, labral tears, dead arm, ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstruction or "Tommy John" surgery, and oblique strains. Elbow tendonitis is inflammation of some tendon around the elbow. Rotator cuff tendonitis is any problem affecting

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