2011 Student Research Conference:
24th Annual Student Research Conference

Evaluation of a Velocity Throwing Program in Collegiate Baseball Pitchers
Kyle Veazey* and M.J. Kang
Ms. Liz Jorn and Dr. Jerry Mayhew, Faculty Mentors

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of a three-week velocity throwing program on the ball speed of a group of Division II collegiate baseball pitchers. Eleven varsity pitchers completed five progressive steps of the specific velocity training program three times per week of five weeks. Maximum velocities were recorded via a radar gun for each pitch. Results revealed no significant difference (p>0.05) in pitching velocity between torque positions 1 (66.1 3.7 mph) and 2 (66.1 3.3 mph), but significant differences (p<0.05) among torque positions 3 (72.4 4.3 mph), 4 (74.0 3.7 mph), and 5 (75.9 3.6 mph). There were no significant trials effects across the three weeks and no significant trials x torque position interaction. The short duration of the program may not have allowed sufficient time to produce increases in pitching velocity at each torque position.

Keywords: baseball, pitching, velocity, torque

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 9-4
Location: Georgian Room - SUB
Time: 4:30

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