Baseball Posture and Performance

How Posture Affects Performance in Baseball Players

Over the past few months, our research has revealed a critical insight: proper posture and biomechanics significantly enhance baseball performance. By taking a full-body biomechanical approach to player development, we've observed notable improvements in both exit velocity at the plate and arm strength for pitchers.

The Importance of Rotational Kinematics in Baseball

Baseball demands a precise rotational kinematic sequence to maximize pitch velocity and exit velocity. Achieving this sequence efficiently requires full hip and spinal range of motion. Any restriction in these rotational joints not only hampers performance but also heightens the risk of injury.

Common Biomechanical Deficiencies

Our research indicates that the average junior baseball player lacks about 10 degrees of thoracic rotation and 20 degrees of hip external rotation. These limitations can significantly hinder lateral velocity during a swing. Lateral velocity, the speed at which a player transfers weight from the trail foot to the lead foot, is directly correlated with increased bat speed. Elite high school baseball players should aim for a lateral velocity of around 250-300 cm/sec. When range of motion is restricted, reaching these peak lateral velocities becomes challenging.

Real-World Impact of Biomechanical Adjustments

The image below illustrates the impact of treatment on a player's swing. Before treatment (left), the player’s lateral velocity was 182 cm/sec. After just two minutes of targeted treatment to correct imbalances, his lateral velocity increased to 266 cm/sec. On average, we've observed a 14% increase in lateral velocity post-treatment, resulting in higher bat speeds and increased exit velocity.

Enhancing Arm Strength Through Improved Range of Motion

Improving range of motion not only boosts lateral velocity but also enhances arm strength. Our research shows an average 12% increase in shoulder internal rotation strength following biomechanical adjustments. This leads to faster arm speeds and increased pitch velocity. Optimal thoracic rotation and lead hip external rotation are crucial for maximizing the kinematic sequence and pitch velocity. The typical junior baseball player’s limited range of motion places excessive stress on the shoulder, elbow, and forearm, causing muscle fatigue and weakness over time. By enhancing hip and spinal flexibility, pitchers can improve arm strength, pitch velocity, and reduce injury risks.

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Written by: Daniel Hilborn, Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, Certified Athletic Therapist

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