Baseball pitching imposes significant stress on the upper extremity and can lead to injury. Many studies have attempted to predict injury through pitching mechanics, most of which have used laboratory setups that are often not practical for population-based analysis. Read about how our initial study sought to predict injury risk in professional baseball pitchers using a statistical model based on video analysis evaluating delivery mechanics in a large population.
An 18-year-old starting pitcher born in 1995 could expect to pitch 1168 college or professional innings before a major throwing-related injury, whereas that same starter born in 1985 could expect to pitch 1538 innings.
The DVS Model finds that pitchers inherit about 3% additional risk of a major throwing-related injury for each later year they are born. The youth throwing culture is having an increasingly negative impact on a pitcher’s chance of avoiding a major throwing-related injury.
Donny Murray, a product of Walpole, Massachusetts is the Utica Unicorns ace and the winning pitcher of the first ever USPBL Championship game in 2016. Randy Wynne, born in San Diego, California, is the Birmingham-Bloomfield Beavers number one guy in the rotation and he is the winning pitcher of the second ever USPBL Championship. The two have faced each other so often in the two USPBL seasons that it’s developed into an unspoken rivalry that is beginning to spark interest.
In order to maximize your skill set, reach your ceiling of potential, and find success as a baseball pitcher, you must first come to terms with who you are as an athlete, and where your capabilities lie. In doing so, you make way for a valid and efficient training regimen that allows you to target and enhance the tools that you have, instead of chasing the ones that you don't.