Whether we’re talking about throwing velocity on the mound or exit velocity at the plate, improving and better utilizing ground reaction forces with the lead leg is paramount. Training the lead leg to both produce and accept force will help to create a stable base and facilitate hip and torso rotation up the chain. Continue reading “3 Ways to Create A Better Lead Leg Block”
By Evan Klugerman (BA, Director of Hitting at RPP)
There are many ways to skin a cat, however, often one is the most efficient. Although each player’s swing looks different, great hitters achieve the same goal by putting their body in the best position to hit. Given the complex nature of hitting and its many co-dependent variables, an efficient move will make it easier to recreate a consistent motor pattern. Consistency is the name of the game as it separates a high school player from a college player, and college players from a professional. Continue reading “Swing Design… 3 Drills to Pattern an Efficient Swing”
The world of hitting is changing and it’s changing fast. As new technology is working its way into the world of baseball at break-neck speed, the information becoming available is opening the eyes of both baseball coaches and strength coaches alike and across multiple avenues as well. But once again as in pitching, this extremely explosive sport, leads us back to anatomy and the body’s ability to move through space quickly. So explosive in fact, that we are looking at microsecond movements only measurable by motion capture technology. Continue reading “K-Motion, a Game Changer for Assessing and Training Baseball Players”
Until not long ago sports-related motion capture systems (mocap) were primarily available in research labs, rehab facilities or biomechanics departments at universities. Historically, much of the work in this arena has been performed by biomechanists who specialize in the study of movement in biological systems, including human beings. They generally use the principles of physical mechanics combined with biology to understand:
How biological systems move
How they can move more effectively and efficiently
Why they sometimes get injured and how to reduce the incidence of injury
Two prominent figures in the world of baseball mocap have been Dr. Glenn Fleisig and Dr. James Andrews, dating back to 1985 with their work at the American Sports Medicine Institute (“ASMI”).
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You are at home doing everything you can to stay athletic. You are working out (the best you can), getting your reps in, throwing/hitting in the backyard, and filming yourself so that you can make sure you’re not developing bad habits. But as the weeks go by, you continue to see lower throwing and exit velos.
Hitting an MLB fastball requires the application of a huge amount of energy in the blink of an eye- roughly 130ms to be exact. That’s about a 1/8th of a second. Only through a coordinated series of contractions involving not only muscles but joints and connective tissue traveling up the kinetic chain into the hands and ultimately the bat/ball can we achieve adequate bat speed and quickness to hit a baseball traveling at speeds north of 90 mph.
This article is meant to familiarize many of you with the 12 positions in hitting mechanics that we look at when analyzing video at RPP (it’s not a “how-to” blog on analyzing mechanics).
In review, the swing cycle is broken down into 2 phases:
The Stride Phase (linear)
The Swing Phase (rotational)
In Parts 1 and 2 we broke down the linear phase into 7 patterns/positions that I use as a point of reference when looking at mechanics. Today, we’ll finish up this 3-part series by taking a look at the Swing Phase (rotational).