A KINEMATIC DESCRIPTION OF THE POST PUBESCENT WINDMILL SOFTBALL PITCHING MOTION

  • D. Keeley
  • G. Oliver
  • P. Dwelly
  • H. Shooter
Keywords: pitching, kinematics, post pubescent, softball, windmill

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to describe the kinematics of the windmill softball pitch. Throughout the first three phases of the movement, both the pelvis and the trunk were rotated to a closed position while the throwing shoulder was flexed and externally rotated, and the throwing elbow was flexed. During the latter stages of the movement, the pelvis and torso opened up to face the plate, the throwing shoulder moved through an arc of hyperextension and was internally rotated while the throwing elbow extended. The kinematics identified may contribute to overuse injuries commonly reported by post pubescent softball pitchers. However, due to the limited data describing the windmill softball pitch, addition research is needed.
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Coaching and Sports Activities