COMPARISON OF TORSO TWIST BETWEEN SLAP HIT AND ORDINARY HIT IN SOFTBALL BATTING

  • Yi-Wen Chang
  • Hsiu-Mei Hsieh
  • Shien-Ming Yang
  • Feng-Yin Chen
  • Hua-Wei Lin
  • Hong-Wen Wu
Keywords: shoulder girdle, thorax, pelvis

Abstract

Softball batters take advantage of slap hit, by positioning the batters much closer to the first base. The purpose of this study was to compare the difference of torso twist between a slap hit and an ordinary hit in softball batting. Ten female college softball batters performed slap hits and ordinary hits. Reflective markers were placed on specific landmarks for each subject and VICON motion analysis system was used to record the hits. Slap hits showed less backward rotation during the torso wind-up phase while ordinary hit showed more forward rotation during the torso follow-through phase. No difference on trunk rotation was found at impact. The findings of this study suggested that the restricted backward torso twist during the wind-up phase and the limited forward torso twist during the follow-through phase should be taken into consideration in slap hits.
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Coaching and Sports Activities