2006 Student Research Conference:
19th Annual Student Research Conference

Human Potential and Performance

Correlation of Bat Velocity with Strength Parameters
Kristin A. Halet*, Brynn Weimer, and Trent Anderson
Dr. Jerry Mayhew, Faculty Mentor

In popular literature bat velocity has been recognized as an important factor for successful hitting. This study‚Äôs purpose was to determine whether a correlation exists between bat velocity and selected strength parameters. Subjects included 10 baseball and 14 collegiate softball players. Bat velocity was measured by infrared cells suspended over home plate and attached to a digital timer. 1-RM strength parameters included bench press (males only), bicep curls, triceps pushdown, trunk rotation, and grip strength. Significant correlations (p ≤ .05) were found with female subjects between bat velocity and right grip strength (r = .702), trunk rotation (r = .572), and triceps pushdown (r = .599). No significant correlations were found in male subjects. Results suggest that when attempting to increase bat velocity, strength parameters which correlate significantly with bat velocity should receive increased emphasis.

Keywords: baseball, softball, bat velocity, strength

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 48-3
Location: VH 1000
Time: 3:15

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