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Earlier this week we completed the first retesting from the initial group of Mach 1 Baseball sign-ups. Here is a quick snippet of the successes (this is before detailed analysis of mechanics or outcomes such as power measurements.) This is strictly looking at body composition (which we know increase lean body mass leads to greater velocity) and velocity. Please let us stress that we aren’t only looking to improve velocity- we are also trying to build a more complete athlete and pitcher- including the mental aspects of pitching. For body composition analysis we used the InBody 570 Body Composition Analyzer and for velocity we measured with Rapsodo.
Pitcher #1- 16-year-old
This young man gained 5 mph in velocity going from 75-80 mph. He gained 8 pounds, including 4 pounds of muscle! Putting in the work consistently is paying off!
Pitcher #2- 16-year-old Two-way player
This young man gained almost 8 pounds, of which almost 7 pounds were muscle. His body composition changed from 13 to 11.5% body fat. Really impressive! Velocity is up from 78 to 82 mph! This is in a little under 3 month’s time.
Pitcher #3- 15-year-old pitcher
This is a great example of why testing, and specifically body composition analysis, is key to measure success. This athlete only gained 1 pound of true weight. However, he gained 5 pounds of muscle while losing about 4 pounds of fat. His body composition went from 15.4% to 11.5%- Very impressive!! Had he looked only at a scale weight of one pound gained, he might have been discouraged. This pitcher’s velocity has gone up a few miles per hour, but once he figures out how to use this newfound muscle he will begin to gain more velocity quickly.
In the next few weeks we will be looking at some more metrics from our testing data related to improved mechanics to power output.
If you are interested in meeting with our Sports Registered Dietitian, Eric Finley, can usually be found in the Athletic Republic gym at All-Star Performance.
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The MACH 1 Baseball Team
Momentum = Mass + Speed
The dreaded Leg days!!! Well, if you are a pitcher and want to throw Heat, you need to get in the gym, and be a beast on leg days. Simply put, the lower body is what provides a solid foundation, creates the Momentum toward the plate, and redirects that momentum upward through the kinetic chain.
A Study published by the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine details these key points:
- High-ball-velocity pitchers are characterized by greater momentum of the lower limbs during pitching motion.
- For high-pitched-ball velocity, stabilizing lower limbs during pitching plays an important role in order to increase the rotation and forward motion of the trunk.
- Computation of the lower-extremity kinetics and measurement of lower-extremity strength may help clarify the role of muscle strength in determining knee and hip function in baseball pitching.
Basically if you want to throw Gas, you need to have a strong……
The Study can be read at length here.
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The MACH 1 Baseball Team
” The Dr’s of Gestalt Performance, and the MACH 1 Baseball program were privileged to share the stage earlier this month with the members of the Arizona Diamondbacks medical staff and other leaders in the field. The seminar was held in Peoria, Az at the San Diego Padres spring training facility. The theme of the seminar was integrated movement strategies for the thrower.
Dr.’s Winchester and White presented and demonstrated on the assessment and treatment of the shoulder using DNS ( dynamic neuromuscular stabilization) correctives as well as the objectification of the thrower using technology and data and then knowing how to use that date to optimize performance.
There were 6 major league clubs represented at this event as well as doctors and trainers from as far as Japan in attendance”