Biomechanics Recap – Summer season ‘22

The 2022 faculty summer time coaching season 2022 is winding down. Gamers are returning to high school for fall ball, competing for enjoying time, and gearing up for the approaching spring season. Again in Kent, we’re capable of take a step again and catch our collective breath earlier than ramping again up for the professional offseason in a number of weeks.

As we transition between these coaching durations, we thought it might be time to mirror on all we achieved this summer time. Right here’s our by the numbers recap of the 2022 faculty summer time at Driveline…

All stats you see beneath are taken from our inner pitching and hitting biomechanics databases which course of each pitch and swing we document within the movement seize lab and replace nightly. For the aim of this text, we are going to filter right down to between Could 1st and September 1st.

What number of athletes assessed?

Athletes Assessed Variety of Pitches/Swings
Pitchers 213 1,394
Hitters 141 1,670
Retests (Pitchers + Hitters) 156 Included in above
Complete 510 3,064

Abstract Stats (Pitchers) (fastballs solely):

  • Common velo: 83 mph
  • Pitches above 85 mph: 597
  • Pitches above 90 mph: 138
  • Common velo achieve on retest: 1.75 mph
  • 50% of pitchers gained not less than 1.95 mph

Abstract Stats (Hitters):

  • Common exit velo: 89 mph
  • Common bat pace (blast): 67.2 mph
  • Complete residence runs hit: 111
  • Complete doubles hit: 429
  • Complete distance of balls hit: 351,618 ft 
    • 66.6 miles 🛣
    • 12 Mount Everests stacked on prime of one another ⛰️
    • 0.028% of the space to the moon 🚀
  • Common bat pace achieve on retest: 1.48 mph

In case you embody retests, we performed simply over 500 assessments in a single summer time coaching interval. In different phrases, we collected quite a bit of knowledge.

For pitchers, this meant processing biomechanics knowledge from (not less than) 5 fastballs + any related offspeed pitches, pairing Rapsodo, Trackman, and Pulse knowledge, and importing that paired knowledge to our inner databases + the athlete’s TRAQ profile. We additionally robotically recorded gradual movement Edgertronic movies for every rep. 

On the hitting facet, this meant processing biomechanics knowledge from not less than 8 swings, pairing HitTrax and Blast knowledge, importing that paired knowledge to our inner databases + the athlete’s TRAQ profile, and recording every swing in high-definition slowmo with our synched Edgertronics.

Certainly gathering all that knowledge overtaxed your workers!

It really didn’t! Let’s break it down with some back-of-the-napkin math…

For one among our division’s key efficiency indicators (KPIs), we observe how a lot time we spend 

1) within the lab bodily gathering knowledge 

2) sitting behind a desk processing the information and

3) troubleshooting any bugs that occur to return up throughout processing.

All these classes are mixed into one “Mocap Operations Hours” KPI.

Clearly, we wish that quantity as little as attainable.

As you’ll be able to see from the determine above, we had been effectively beneath 2hrs/evaluation for almost all of the summer time busy season. In line with our time monitoring, we spent 611 complete labor hours on 510 assessments, which comes out to 1.2 hrs/evaluation.

Let’s take a look at it from a division useful resource standpoint…

As of the time of this weblog, there are 5 full-time sport science workers at Driveline Baseball. In case you assume 40 hr work weeks (which we all know is not the case throughout professional and faculty groups’ busy seasons) over the ~ 18 weeks between Could 1st and September 1st, you get 3,600 complete labor hours (5 workers * 40 hours * 18 weeks). 

611 Mocap Operations hours signify roughly 17% of the full division labor hours. Our workers spent lower than 1/fifth of their time gathering, processing, and troubleshooting biomechanics knowledge; leaving over 4/5ths of their time for higher issues. 

What higher issues?

What higher issues, you ask? Nicely, issues like constructing our first occlusion + deception models, documenting return to play progress in unprecedented motion capture detail, testing our new Smash Factor Balls™, developing video reports to higher talk biomechanics experiences to visible learners, investigating mechanics of two-way players, measuring catcher receiving and blocking performance, gathering extra longitudinal knowledge on our academy athletes to higher perceive youth talent improvement, serving to our educational companions with their research projects, revamping our premium biomechanics companies, telling everybody how cool our systems are, and extra…

You get the purpose; we’ve been busy.

What’s subsequent?

Summer season ‘22 offseason coaching paints an optimistic image. Gamers are getting higher on each side of the ball. On the pitching facet, pitchers are throwing the ball more durable and their stuff is getting nastier. On the hitting facet, hitters are swinging the bat sooner, hitting the ball more durable, and making higher swing selections. From a programs perspective, test-retest suggestions loops are getting tighter and division sources aren’t being dominated by repetitive processing and analyzing duties. Environment friendly programs will enable us to scale our evaluation course of to new services, like our recently opened complex in Phoenix, Arizona, and any contracts/cell assessments we do for services, colleges, and orgs. 

And we will’t look forward to Summer season ‘23.

In case you are an athlete trying to take advantage of out of your profession, e mail [email protected] to get began. 

You probably have biomechanics knowledge and wish us that can assist you take advantage of it, give us a shout.