Using Wearable Technology to Evaluate the Kinetics and Kinematics of the Overhead Throwing Motion in Baseball Players
Lizzio VA, Cross AG, Guo EW, Makhni EC. Using Wearable Technology to Evaluate the Kinetics and Kinematics of the Overhead Throwing Motion in Baseball Players. Arthroscopy Techniques 2020; 9(9):e1429-e1431.
© 2020 Arthroscopy Association of North America Recent advancements in wearable technology have made kinetic and kinematic analysis of the throwing motion more accessible to recreational and professional baseball pitchers. Utilization of wearable technology to monitor the pitching motion has several potential applications for injury prevention and postinjury rehabilitation. However, the device must be properly applied to collect meaningful data. Erratic or inconsistent measurements can be caused by inadequate battery charge, incorrect sensor placement, and inadvertent motion capture of fielding maneuvers or other nonpitching throws. These problems can be overcome with a protocol that includes collecting biomechanical data in real time and routinely checking the sensor position throughout the duration of the throwing session. In this article, we outline our protocol for collecting biomechanical data and troubleshooting suboptimal device function during pitching sessions.