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Tightening the Belt on Pitching Injuries

Presenter: Christopher S. McKenzie, PT, MHS, SCS, ATC, CSCS
Title: Trunk Instability and Pitching Mechanics
Date: Thursday, June 18, 2009
Time: 8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

This workshop reviews recent neuroanatomy and neurophysiological findings regarding trunk stability and the training of “Pelvic Positional Control” before shifting to reviewing statistical data involving injury trends in major league baseball and the potential contribution trunk control has had on these trends. Last but not least, McKenzie will discuss newly developed testing and training options that apply to the recent neurological evidence outlined above.

Key Points:

  • Ventromedial Neuromotor Sytem.
  • Proximal stability for distal mobility.
  • Pelvic positional control.
  • “Level Belt” testing and training applications.

The “Level Belt” is a newly developed and validated device which can be used in the testing and training for pelvic positional control. This is the first device known which measures trunk musculature in a functional “standing” position, utilizing the ventomedial neuromuscular pathway.

Benefits the Most:
Athletic trainers, team physicians, physical therapist, and strength and conditioning coaches interested in the applications of new evidence for trunk stability.

McKenzie began his work in the sports medicine field in 1989, managing the Sports Clinic and WorkLife at the Fairfield (Ohio) Medical Center. After seven years, McKenzie moved onto the Ohio Rehab and Diagnostic Center, where he was named the Director of Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Services. In 2004, he became a member of the Ohio State University faculty, serving as Team Leader of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation for the school’s Sports Medicine Center. In addition to his role as team leader, McKenzie was named Clinical Instructor of OSU’s School of Allied Medical Professions, Division of Physical Therapy and began instructing for the Department of Orthopedics at school’s College of Medicine.From 2001 to 2007, McKenzie served as an athletic trainer for the Boston Red Sox. Later that year, he joined the training staff of the Pittsburgh Pirates as a research consultant. McKenzie’s work with OSU’s Sports Biomechanics Laboratory was recently featured in the April 2009 issue of Training & Conditioning, under the title, One Step Ahead.

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