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This fall, the Fighting Irish recruited Dr. Brett Winchester to the Notre Dame softball field in Indiana. Dr. Winchester and his colleague, Dr. Randi Davis, who together make up the Throwing Consultants team, stepped up to the plate and analyzed the team’s pitching staff.
What Drs. Winchester and Davis look for in a pitching athlete is more than speed and accuracy; it’s the pitcher’s biomechanics.
“We have one goal when working with the athlete and her coach: to help the pitcher reach her individual pitching capacity,” said Dr. Winchester.
According to Dr. Winchester, without proper biomechanics, pitchers can’t reach their performance capabilities and risk injury. The model he and Dr. Davis employ bridge the gaps they say currently exist among medical models, research, and fastpitch softball performance.
“When we work with collegiate pitchers, we assess the athlete from head to toe,” explained Dr. Winchester. “We study the forces exerted by muscles and gravity on the skeletal structure and the softball to minimize the risk of injury and improve pitching performance.”
Following the doctors’ analysis, the pitcher and coaching staff receive customized pitching profiles to help guide future training.
The next stop for the Throwing Consultants is Orlando in November for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association National Convention. Drs. Winchester and Davis are also conducting research with one of the top-rated medical schools pertaining to fastpitch athletes’ performance.
To learn more about Dr. Winchester or Winchester Spine & Sport, call 636-356-5557 or visit online at www.winspineandsport.com.