We are fortunate at WAV PT because we have an ex professional baseball player to assist us in our baseball mechanics training and rehab program. Kyle Von Ruden is a pitcher that ended his career with the White Sox and is now working with prospects in the South Orange County area and helping us at WAV PT create healthy athletes while maximizing potential.
In any sport, having a strong command of the involved mechanics of the activity is very important in optimizing performance as well as reducing the occurrence of injuries. At WAV PT we are movement experts and are able to analyze mechanics to find any weak links in the kinetic chain to bring balance, stability, strength, and mobility to the entire movement and line of connection.
Let’s take for example, pitching. The overhead throwing motion is a coordinated effort of muscle units from the entire body, culminating with explosive motion of the upper extremity. The pitching motion consists of 6 phases: windup, early cocking/stride, late cocking, acceleration, deceleration, and follow-through. These phases are intricately coupled, resulting in efficient generation and transfer of energy from the body into the arm and, ultimately, the hand and ball. Each segment starts as the adjacent proximal segment reaches top speed, culminating with top speed of the most distal segment. The maximum shoulder internal rotation velocity during throwing may reach 7500 to 7700 degrees per second. This rapid motion delivers the arm from as much as 175° of external rotation to 100° of internal rotation (at ball release) in only 42 to 58 milliseconds. The pelvis achieves maximum rotational velocities of 400 to 700 degrees per second. These are only a few stats that illustrate the demand that is placed on the body and the musculature involved in throwing at high velocity.
With all of this taking place it is easy to see how important it is to make sure that all of the involved parts are working correctly to maximize performance and reduce injury. If you are an athlete and are looking to take your game to the next level, it’s time to give us a call!