• Lumbopelvic Control (LC) for Improved Pitching Performance & Decreased Yearly Injury Days

  • Legacy Athlete Postural Function & Legacy Core Axis©

    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:

    1. innings successfully pitched, and
    2. 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.

    “Take to the Ballpark Message” – Core vs. LC Postural Function: Lumbopelvic control, referenced in this study, does not test or reference isolated “core” or abdominal strength/fitness training. This blog is not a message to focus only on core/abdominals with pitcher fitness/training. The “core” in this study is that of “Postural Control” – a motor pattern of awareness and neuromuscular pattern of control along the spinal axis over a neutral and stable pelvis. This neuromuscular control along the spinal axis and over a stable pelvis is one key foundation of our NEW evidence-based Legacy “Athlete Core Axis”© program.

    This study (and our Legacy Athlete Core Axis ©) follow the latest athletic performance research of lower quarter to lumbopelvic postural control.   Both the lower quarter kinetic chain “hardware” (joints, muscles, alignment of foot/ankle to hip/pelvis), AND “software” (motor control “brain” maps of the movement/athletic postural patterns required for optimal stability for a pitcher). In athletics and dynamic movements, our “Postural Function” system includes lumbopelvic control over: foot/ankle control, foot/ankle to hips/pelvis, and pelvis/spine neuromuscular stability on a single leg during a dynamic movement of the opposite leg (and torso/arms of a pitcher). More information on our Legacy Athlete Motion Analysis and Performance Lab is to follow as we prepare to move soon into our new Legacy Therapy & Wellness facility here in Dothan!



    1. Chaudhari AM et al. Lumbopelvic control and pitching performance of professional baseball pitchers. J Strength Cond Res. 2011 Aug;25(8):2127-32. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e31820f5075.