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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430758/the-refractive-error-of-professional-baseball-players
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Daniel M Laby, David G Kirschen
PURPOSE: High levels of visual acuity are required to hit a baseball effectively. Research has shown that any decrease in vision is likely caused by low-order optical aberrations. This study is designed to validate the SVOne autorefractor, and describe the amount and type, of low-order optical aberrations present in a large cohort of professional baseball players. METHODS: A retrospective chart review on the 608 Major League Baseball players evaluated during the 2016 Spring Training Season was performed...
May 2017: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398820/magnetic-resonance-imaging-predictors-of-failure-in-the-nonoperative-management-of-ulnar-collateral-ligament-injuries-in-professional-baseball-pitchers
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Salvatore J Frangiamore, T Sean Lynch, Michael D Vaughn, Lonnie Soloff, Michael Forney, Joseph F Styron, Mark S Schickendantz
BACKGROUND: A medial ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injury of the elbow is an increasingly common injury in professional baseball pitchers. Predictors of success and failure are not well defined for the nonoperative management of these injuries. PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy of objective measures to predict failure of the nonoperative management of UCL injuries. STUDY DESIGN: Case-control study; Level of evidence, 3. METHODS: Thirty-two professional pitchers (82%) met inclusion criteria and underwent an initial trial of nonoperative treatment for UCL tears based on clinical and radiological findings...
April 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375396/muscle-spasms-twitches-in-arm-upon-throwing-%C3%A2-dx
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Kyle Bradford Jones, Juliann Allred, David Shprecher
Involuntary upper right arm muscle contractions and spasms, which began intermittently when the patient was a teenager, were now a real problem for him as an adult. The patient was having difficulty rolling a baseball underhand to players as part of infield practice and he was experiencing muscle spasms when lifting his right arm over his head. "Twitches" in the patient's upper arm were making drinking difficult, but he had no problems feeding himself, writing, or performing other basic activities of daily living...
April 2017: Journal of Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361662/throwing-skills
#4
Saeed Ghorbani, Andreas Bund
Traditionally, motor learning scientists have evaluated the process of learning a new motor skill by considering the skill as a whole. Yet, motor skills comprise various phases, and in the motor learning literature, it is not clear whether new learners show similar or different learning across various phases. We provide exploratory data on learning movement phases by novices, using baseball pitching as the learning task. Eight participants (four male, four female, M age = 23.7 years, SD = 2.4) performed five trials each in the pretest followed by three blocks of 10 trials each in the acquisition phase...
April 2017: Perceptual and Motor Skills
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355083/systematic-review-of-outcomes-reporting-in-professional-baseball-a-call-for-increased-validation-and-consistency
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Jelle P van der List, Christopher L Camp, Alec L Sinatro, Joshua S Dines, Andrew D Pearle
BACKGROUND: Historically, treatment efficacy of professional baseball injuries has been determined by assessing the return-to-play (RTP) rate or using patient-reported functional outcomes scores; however, these methods may not be sensitive and specific enough for elite athletes. As a consequence, performance-based statistics are increasingly being reported in the medical literature. PURPOSE: To (1) assess how treatment efficacy is currently reported in professional baseball players; (2) examine the variability in the reporting of these measures in terms of frequency, length of time followed, and units of measure; and (3) identify any attempts to validate these performance-based statistics...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345616/shoulder-stretching-intervention-reduces-the-incidence-of-shoulder-and-elbow-injuries-in-high-school-baseball-players-a-time-to-event-analysis
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Hitoshi Shitara, Atsushi Yamamoto, Daisuke Shimoyama, Tsuyoshi Ichinose, Tsuyoshi Sasaki, Noritaka Hamano, Akira Ueno, Fumitaka Endo, Atsufumi Oshima, Hideo Sakane, Masahiro Tachibana, Yusuke Tomomatsu, Tsuyoshi Tajika, Tsutomu Kobayashi, Toshihisa Osawa, Haku Iizuka, Kenji Takagishi
We prospectively evaluated the effects of a prevention program on the incidence of shoulder and elbow injuries in high school baseball pitchers. Ninety-two pitchers participated in this study and were taught to perform stretching and strength exercises aimed at improving shoulder external rotation strength in the preseason. The pitchers freely chose to participate in one of four groups [SM-group: performed both exercises, S-group: performed stretching exercise only, M-group: performed strength training only, and N-group: performed neither intervention]...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344452/the-effects-of-a-sports-nutrition-education-intervention-on-nutritional-status-sport-nutrition-knowledge-body-composition-and-performance-during-off-season-training-in-ncaa-division-i-baseball-players
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Fabrício Eduardo Rossi, Andrew Landreth, Stacey Beam, Taylor Jones, Layne Norton, Jason Michael Cholewa
This study investigated the effects of a sport nutrition education intervention (SNEI) on dietary intake, knowledge, body composition, and performance in NCAA Division I baseball players. Resistance trained NCAA Division I baseball players (82.4 ± 8.2 kg; 1.83 ± 0.06 m; 13.7 ± 5 % body fat) participated in the study during 12 weeks of off-season training. Fifteen players volunteered for SNEI while 15 players matched for position served as controls (C) for body composition and performance. The nutrition intervention group (NI) received a 90 min SNEI encompassing energy intake (Kcal), carbohydrate (CHO), protein (PRO), fat, food sources, and hydration...
March 2017: Journal of Sports Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328567/effects-of-a-simulated-game-on-upper-extremity-pitching-mechanics-and-muscle-activations-among-various-pitch-types-in-youth-baseball-pitchers
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Gretchen D Oliver, Hillary Plummer, Lisa Henning, Michael Saper, Gabrielle Glimer, Allison Brambeck, James R Andrews
BACKGROUND: Throwing requires proper stability and orientation of the pelvis and scapula for efficient energy transfer during pitching. Fatigue of the pelvis and scapular musculature throughout the course of a game can impair pitching performance, and place excessive demands on the throwing arm leading to injury. The purpose of this study was to examine differences in pelvis, torso, and upper extremity pitching mechanics and muscle activations between the fastball, change-up, and curveball pitches in youth baseball pitchers following a simulated game...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323792/the-effect-of-intermittent-vest-cooling-on-thermoregulation-and-cardiovascular-strain-in-baseball-catchers
#9
Stacy Bishop, David J Szymanski, Greg A Ryan, Robert L Herron, Phil A Bishop
Baseball catchers are exposed to multiple physiological challenges while playing outside during the spring and summer months, many of which deal with recovery and thermoregulation. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of intermittent cooling on core temperature, cardiovascular strain, exertion, and recovery during a simulated catching performance in the heat. Six trained college-aged baseball catchers performed in a controlled, hot (35 °C) and humid (25% relative humidity) environment in a counter-balanced, cross-over design...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321427/the-effect-of-the-number-of-carries-on-injury-risk-and-subsequent-season-s-performance-among-running-backs-in-the-national-football-league
#10
Matthew J Kraeutler, John W Belk, Eric C McCarty
BACKGROUND: In recent years, several studies have correlated pitch count with an increased risk for injury among baseball pitchers. However, no studies have attempted to draw a similar conclusion based on number of carries by running backs (RBs) in football. PURPOSE: To determine whether there is a correlation between number of carries by RBs in the National Football League (NFL) and risk of injury or worsened performance in the subsequent season. STUDY DESIGN: Cohort study; Level of evidence, 3...
February 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303472/chronic-exertional-compartment-syndrome-in-the-forearm-of-a-collegiate-softball-pitcher
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Austin Cole, John L Hiatt, Christopher Arnold, Terry Sites, Ramon Ylanon
BACKGROUND: Chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS) is a recognized condition in the lower limb, with many reports in the literature. However, very few instances include CECS of the upper limb. This article presents the case of a collegiate softball pitcher presenting with CECS in her right forearm. To our knowledge, this is the first case report of a softball player with CECS, with only one similar incident in a major league baseball player. PURPOSE: The rarity of this condition normally places it low on the differential diagnosis...
December 2017: Sports Medicine—Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282749/visual-abilities-distinguish-pitchers-from-hitters-in-professional-baseball
#12
David Klemish, Benjamin Ramger, Kelly Vittetoe, Jerome P Reiter, Surya T Tokdar, Lawrence Gregory Appelbaum
This study aimed to evaluate the possibility that differences in sensorimotor abilities exist between hitters and pitchers in a large cohort of baseball players of varying levels of experience. Secondary data analysis was performed on 9 sensorimotor tasks comprising the Nike Sensory Station assessment battery. Bayesian hierarchical regression modelling was applied to test for differences between pitchers and hitters in data from 566 baseball players (112 high school, 85 college, 369 professional) collected at 20 testing centres...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276988/are-professional-handball-players-at-risk-for-developing-a-glenohumeral-internal-rotation-deficit-in-their-dominant-arm
#13
Pedro Seabra, Carola F Van Eck, Márcia Sá, João Torres
OBJECTIVES: Overhead athletes, such as baseball players, have been shown to have adaptive changes in the shoulder range of motion (ROM) of their dominant arm. Professional handball players are a unique subtype of overhead athletes with very different demands from baseball players. The aim of this study was to determine if professional handball players demonstrate differences in shoulder ROM between their dominant and non-dominant arm and try to relate them with new variables. METHODS: Fifty professional male handball players were included and completed a questionnaire regarding age at which they started to play, number of hours they practice a week, field position and arm dominance...
February 28, 2017: Physician and Sportsmedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255565/defining-the-long-toss-a-professional-baseball-epidemiological-study
#14
Austin V Stone, Sandeep Mannava, Anita Patel, Alejandro Marquez-Lara, Michael T Freehill
BACKGROUND: Despite widespread use of long-toss throwing in baseball as a component of arm conditioning, interval throwing programs, and rehabilitation, long-toss distance and throwing mechanics remain controversial. PURPOSE: To ascertain the perceived definition of long-toss throwing through a survey of professional pitchers, pitching coaches (PCs), and certified athletic trainers (ATCs) associated with Major League Baseball. STUDY DESIGN: Descriptive epidemiology study...
February 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241328/use-of-the-spencer-technique-on-collegiate-baseball-players-effect-on-physical-performance-and-self-report-measures
#15
Janine E Curcio, Matthew J Grana, Stacey England, Paige M Banyas, Benjamin D Palmer, Arielle E Placke, William A Rieck, Amber M Eade
CONTEXT: Repeated overhead throwing in baseball players alters range of motion (ROM), contributing to shoulder injury. The Spencer technique has been used, anecdotally, to reduce the effects of throwing-induced limitations in ROM. OBJECTIVE: To quantify the effects of a single administration of the Spencer technique on the ROM and performance of collegiate baseball pitchers. METHODS: Pitchers from the Seton Hill University men's baseball team were randomly assigned to 2 treatment groups: Spencer technique or sham therapy...
March 1, 2017: Journal of the American Osteopathic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225709/the-relationship-between-trunk-rotation-upper-quarter-dynamic-stability-and-pitch-velocity
#16
Garrett S Bullock, Abigail C Schmitt, Patrick Chasse, Barrett A Little, Lee H Diehl, Robert J Butler
Understanding the relationship between upper quarter mobility, dynamic stability and pitching velocity may be beneficial in elucidating underlying factors that affect pitching performance. The purpose of this study was to investigate upper trunk rotation mobility and upper quarter dynamic stability and their correlation to pitch velocity in NCAA Division I collegiate pitchers. We hypothesized that collegiate pitchers with greater upper trunk rotation mobility and upper extremity dynamic stability would exhibit higher pitching velocity...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203588/return-to-play-and-prior-performance-in-major-league-baseball-pitchers-after-repair-of-superior-labral-anterior-posterior-tears
#17
Ryan Smith, Daniel J Lombardo, Graysen R Petersen-Fitts, Charles Frank, Troy Tenbrunsel, Gannon Curtis, James Whaley, Vani J Sabesan
BACKGROUND: The published return-to-play (RTP) rates for Major League Baseball (MLB) pitchers who have undergone surgical repair of superior labrum anterior-posterior (SLAP) tears vary widely and are generally accepted to be lower in the subset of competitive throwers. The efficacy of surgical treatment for MLB players is largely unknown. PURPOSE: To examine the RTP rate and performance of MLB pitchers who have undergone SLAP tear repair between 2003 and 2010. STUDY DESIGN: Descriptive epidemiological study...
December 2016: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187157/distinct-eye-movement-patterns-enhance-dynamic-visual-acuity
#18
Dimitrios J Palidis, Pearson A Wyder-Hodge, Jolande Fooken, Miriam Spering
Dynamic visual acuity (DVA) is the ability to resolve fine spatial detail in dynamic objects during head fixation, or in static objects during head or body rotation. This ability is important for many activities such as ball sports, and a close relation has been shown between DVA and sports expertise. DVA tasks involve eye movements, yet, it is unclear which aspects of eye movements contribute to successful performance. Here we examined the relation between DVA and the kinematics of smooth pursuit and saccadic eye movements in a cohort of 23 varsity baseball players...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157450/changes-in-lower-extremity-kinematics-and-temporal-parameters-of-adolescent-baseball-pitchers-during-an-extended-pitching-bout
#19
Stacey M Kung, Sarah P Shultz, Andreas Kontaxis, Andrew P Kraszewski, Mandi W Gibbons, Sherry I Backus, Philip W Fink, Stephen Fealy, Howard J Hillstrom
BACKGROUND: Few studies have investigated detailed 3-dimensional lower extremity kinematics during baseball pitching in adolescent athletes during extended play. Changes in these parameters may affect performance outcomes. PURPOSE: To investigate whether adolescent baseball pitchers experience changes in lower extremity kinematics and event timing during a simulated game-length pitching bout. STUDY DESIGN: Descriptive laboratory study. METHODS: Twelve male adolescent pitchers (aged 14-16 years) threw 6 sets of 15 fastball pitches from an artificial pitching mound to a target at regulation distance...
April 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128000/assessment-and-rehabilitation-of-chronic-low-back-pain-in-baseball-part-ii
#20
Joseph G Wasser, Jason L Zaremski, Daniel C Herman, Heather K Vincent
Repetitive throwing and hitting motions in baseball place mechanical stresses to the lumbar spine which may cause low back pain (LBP). Pain may be due to vertebral stress reactions or insufficiency fractures, intervertebral disc degeneration or intervertebral disc herniation. Untreated chronic conditions have high potential to lead to a more significant injury such as spondylolysis. Chronic LBP increases the risk for missed playing time, early career termination and lower quality of life after retirement. Proper clinical assessment and prevention/rehabilitation of LBP in this population is thus important for performance, play time and overall long-term quality of life...
April 2017: Research in Sports Medicine
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