The purpose of this study was to assess hip strength changes and provide a quantifiable measurement to show muscular fatigue after pitching a single pitching session. Fifteen adolescent male baseball pitcher‘s hip external rotator, internal rotator, and extensor strength, along with a functional test were measured before and after a single pitching session. After an average of 19 pitches, all hip strength measures in both legs significantly decreased in post-pitching tests. This study showed pitching increased muscular fatigue of the hip muscles after a small number of pitches thrown. With overall fatigue being a large indicator of injury risk in baseball pitchers, monitoring lower extremity muscular fatigue may be a way to potentially reduce risk of injury.
Kokott, Wesley; Dziuk, Cody; and Cross, Janelle A.
"DOES A SINGLE PITCHING SESSION INDUCE LOWER EXTREMITY MUSCULAR FATIGUE IN HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL PITCHERS?,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 41:
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