PREDICTING OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCE IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL PLAYERS USING ISOMETRIC FORCE PRODUCTION CHARACTERISTICS

  • Christopher A. Bailey
  • Kimitake Sato
  • William G. Hornsby
Keywords: Rate Of Force Development, Isometric, Mid Thigh Pull

Abstract

This study assessed the predictability of offensive performance in collegiate baseball players using isometric force production variables. Baseball players (n=31) performed isometric mid-thigh pull strength testing to assess kinetic variables from force plate data. Bivariate correlations were calculated between kinetic data and baseball performance variables (batting avg, slugging % (SLG), doubles and HRs). Linear regression was used to calculate multiple correlations and to generate prediction equations with kinetic data and offensive performance. Moderate to large statistically significant correlations were observed between HRs and SLG with all kinetic variables. A moderate correlation is seen between doubles and rate of force development (RFD). Resistance exercises that will increase the hitter’s ability to develop large forces as well as increase RFD may be necessary for better performance.
Published
2013-09-01
Section
Coaching and Sports Activities