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Health, Exercise Science, and Recreation Management
The baseball pitch is considered one of the most dynamic athletic motions. Due to its complexity, multiple variables are taken into consideration for risk of injury. Previous studies have investigated variables that influence factors of a baseball pitch such as fatigue and stride length; however, footwear has not been considered. This study's objective was to examine whether or not baseball footwear on different surface inclinations altered stride length. Eleven adolescent pitchers (Age: 13.18 Â± 1.72 yrs.; Height: 179.01 Â± 15.72 cm.; Mass: 61.00 Â± 14.66 kg) participated in this study throwing in four shoe-surface conditions: flat ground (FG) x molded cleat (MC), flat ground x turf shoe (TS), pitching mound (PM) x molded cleat, and pitching mound x turf shoe. A 2x2 repeated measure analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used to determine stride length with an alpha level set at p < 0.05.
Adderholt, Alexandra, "The Effects of Footwear on Stride Length in Adolescent Baseball Pitchers" (2018). Honors Theses. 24.