Lumbopelvic Control (LC) for Improved Pitching Performance & Decreased Yearly Injury Days
Are you a baseball pitcher or pitching coach seeking to improve pitching performance? Overcome a chronic injury? Seeking to improve throwing control…reduce the statistic of walks + hits per inning?
Look to the core or specifically, your “Lumbopelvic Control”. Baseball pitcher Lumbopelvic Control (LC) has been shown in research to be associated with improvement of pitching performance. In this key study of 347 professional baseball players (minor league to major league), the pitchers were tested for LC with a standardized test protocol, utilizing motion analysis to measure the LC stability during each pitcher’s initiation of leg lift movement to begin the pitching motion, and during the pitcher’s weight shift to the single leg. For each pitcher, the motion analysis captured the amount of deviation of the pelvis from fully neutral. Then the 347 pitchers were followed with specified count/research tracking for an entire baseball season. The pitchers who showed better LC showed significantly more:
innings successfully pitched, and
average of less walks + hits per inning pitched (1)
One noted statistic of this study: The pitchers with lower LC were 3 times more likely to miss at least 30 days in a season compared to the pitchers with higher LC.