The American Sports Medicine Institute is Recruiting Teenage and Collegiate Pitchers
To participate in a research study to determine The Effect of a Weighted Ball Warmup on Pitching Biomechanics and Velocity
The American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) is a non-profit organization, working to improve the understanding, prevention, and treatment of sports-related injuries. ASMI is located on the campus of St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham.
ASMI is conducting a research study, under the direction of Glenn Fleisig, PhD, to study the effect of utilizing a weighted ball on baseball pitching biomechanics and ball velocity. By understanding the biomechanical differences among the differences in weighted balls, we hope to prevent or reduce injuries in baseball pitchers and improve pitching performance in the sport of baseball.
If you are interested, we are looking for baseball pitchers 14-24 years of age who have been participating in a varsity high school or college level baseball program for the last 12 months. Interested individuals must not have had a significant injury in the past 12 months.
The study will involve:
• A two-time visit to the biomechanical lab located in ASMI. Each visit will last approximately one hour. One day will have the weighted ball warm-up and the other will have a controlled warm-up.
• Researchers will place reflective markers on certain bony landmarks on your body and use a motion capture system to track your movements while performing 10 full-effort fastball pitches.
There is no monetary compensation, participants will receive a copy of the high-speed video.
If you are interested in participating in the study or would like more information please contact Megan Smidebush, MS (research assistant at ASMI) by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone call (205-918-2151).