Motion Capture Lab

What does the Biomechanics Lab do?

The biomechanics lab collects motion capture data that is used to quantitatively analyze a pitcher’s mechanics. Athletes are fitted with 47 reflective markers, and using 16 calibrated and synchronized cameras we can digitally re-create the athlete’s pitching motion. Using analysis software we can look at arm and body positions at key events like front foot contact and ball release, rotational velocities and arm speeds, as well as forces and torques (the joint kinetics) on the shoulder and elbow.

How do we use The Biomechanics Lab?

As part of the initial assessment process, the biomechanics lab provides us with a snapshot of a pitcher’s mechanics as they enter the facility. We can identify mechanical deficiencies and directly adjust the athlete’s program to target those deficiencies, whether they be mechanical issues, strength,or mobility weaknesses.

As part of the retest process, we can see if the athlete has made the desired mechanical changes, and what issues can still be improved. Looking more long-term, we can track an athlete’s velocity and kinetics profile to see if the athlete is throwing harder over time, with less stress on the elbow and shoulder.

The biomechanics assessment and retest captures provide not only a tremendous amount of value and data to the athlete, but also helps Driveline build an ever expanding database to learn what actually makes a pitcher throw harder and more efficiently.

Does the athlete get access to his report?

Absolutely! All athletes are provided with the report, an explainer that defines all of the metrics and provides reference ranges and benchmarks, as well as a detailed breakdown from the trainers.

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