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ABBS State of the Society

What a dull year 2020 has been. Nothing unusual. We all wish that were the case, but of course Covid-19 turned our world upside down. I hope you and your family are doing well this holiday season. Here’s wishing for a better year in 2021 for us all. The purpose of this email is to […]

Role of Lumbo-pelvic Control in Pitching

By: Hillary Plummer, PhD, ATC It is no secret that elbow injuries have become exceedingly prevalent in baseball pitchers. Specifically, ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) tears continue to increase. UCL injuries that require reconstruction result in significant time-loss from baseball participation and rates of return to competition range from 68% to 94%.1-6 Despite increased awareness in […]

Tips for Choosing a Graduate Biomechanics Program

By: Hillary Plummer, PhD, ATC During the Inaugural ABBS Virtual Conference we had a panel discuss baseball biomechanics in academia. This topic proved to be extremely popular and many students had questions for the panel. Choosing a graduate school can be a stressful endeavor for students looking to jumpstart a career in baseball biomechanics. Baseball […]

ABBS Inaugural Business Meeting

Everyone please look to join the American Baseball Biomechanics board members as they lead the inaugural business meeting on Friday, August 7th at 5:00pm EST in conjunction with the American Biomechanics Society conference. During this event we will discuss the bylaws of the organization and give an update from all the ABBS officers. We will […]

ABBS 2020 Inaugural Conference Recap and Video Availability

By Koby Close The American Baseball Biomechanics Society kicked off their first inaugural conference with three days of virtual research presentations and panel discussions. The mission of ABBS is to provide valid, valuable biomechanical information to baseball players, coaches, teams, and organizations and to set standards for biomechanical evaluations and analyses within a baseball setting. […]

Summer Conference Agenda and Speakers Announced!

The American Baseball Biomechanics Society will be hosting an Inaugural Virtual Conference on July 15-17, 2020 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm EST via Zoom. In these three days, we’re going to explore Emerging Technologies in baseball, discuss how Biomechanists are impacting baseball, and unveil the mission and purpose of ABBS. Please join us as we aim to […]

A Letter From the President

By Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. Moneyball revolutionized baseball, revealing improved methods for valuing player performance. All MLB clubs now use analytics, and many have now entered the next revolution for a competitive edge – biomechanics. In addition to quantifying a player’s performance, teams are realizing the importance of measuring and optimizing the biology and mechanics that […]

A Brief Look to the Future of Baseball Biomechanics

By Gretchen Oliver, Ph.D. Baseball has always utilized the science from the box scores to the first hitting video analysis. Biomechanical movement analysis allows us to quantify movements which in turn allow us to generate performance indicators as well as injury susceptibility indicators. As the technology systems continue to improve, the overall leverage is the […]

Hall of Fame: Rob Shapiro, Ph.D.

Dr. Robert Shapiro is a man of many talents. Not only was he an early baseball biomechanist, he also was a founding member of the American Society of Biomechanics and the International National Society of Biomechanics. After working in baseball, Dr. Shapiro founded and directed the multidisciplinary Biodynamics Laboratory at The University of Kentucky, where […]


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