The purpose of this study was to examine the association of hip rotational range of motion (ROM) with lower extremity and trunk kinematics in high school baseball pitchers. Twenty-five healthy high school baseball pitchers volunteered (15.9 ± 1.1 years). Passive hip internal rotation (IR) and external rotation (ER) ROM was measured with the pitchers seated using a digital inclinometer. Total hip ROM (IR + ER) was calculated for the stride leg and drive leg. Biomechanical data were collected with a 3-D electromagnetic tracking system while pitchers threw three fastballs. Simple linear regression analysis determined drive and stride leg hip IR, ER, and total ROM did not predict pitching kinematics. Future research should continue identifying parameters associated with altered biomechanics that may place baseball pitchers at increased risk of injury.
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Bordelon, Nicole; Plummer, Hillary; and Oliver, Gretchen D.
"RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HIP RANGE OF MOTION AND PITCHING KINEMATICS IN HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL PITCHERS,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 39:
1, Article 63.
Available at: https://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol39/iss1/63