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ECU Baseball Study Aims for Better Hitting

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March 14, 2019

Researchers at East Carolina University are using motioncapture and eyetracking technology to understand how baseball players process visual information when batting and turn that into a swing pblockquotep idpullquotepblockquote p Their findings will help players and coaches know what hitters see how and why they react to it and ultimately turn them into better players Specifically they are focusing on what a hitters eyes see as a pitch is hurling toward them at upward of 100 miles per hour and how the brain processes thatvisual information and then instructs the body to swing Its the science of hitting p p ECU kinesiology faculty members Nick Murray and Patrick Rider are leading the study Using motioncapture and eyetracking technology they and a group of students tested hitters last fall at Next Level Training Center in Greenville Test batters from high school to semipro levels were fitted with dozens of sensors as well as special goggles to track their eye movements as they watched and then swung at pitches p p Baseball batting is a cognitively demanding interceptive timing task that requires precision and power said Murray an associate professor and director of the Visual Motor Lab in the College of Health and Human Performance Previous research has shown expert hitters have a greater ability to spot a moving object but little research has connected that ability with head position and motor control And the fact were studying eyetracking during a realistic atbat that is using a pitcher instead of a machine makes this study unique p p You have a very short time to process what youre seeing and hit that moving target said Rider a teaching instructor and associate director of the ECU Performance Optimization Lab He said their findings could lead to new drills or training methods p p Next Level owner Trent Britt agreed Were excited because its one more way of looking at things said Britt an ECU graduate whos spent years as a Major League scout coach and training expert He also did the pitching for the study p p We dont really get an opportunity to see things from a scientific perspective and what the body is doing This is one more set of data points Britt said This is the way sports and baseball are headed Hitting and anything involving movement is very much an evolving science It gives us a chance to question are we seeing what we think were seeing and help kids get better p p Lance Martin director of baseball instruction and baseball programming at Next Level was one of the test subjects He was an allconference player at Mount Olive College p p Once I started to figure out what the body is doing in time and in space I see things in a whole new light Martin said of participating in the study In turn that could be used to help the hitter and also help pitchers get an advantage if they can understand that p p Assisting with the research are doctoral student Chris Curran who is a former college baseball pitcher masters students Ryan Silberg Andy Jung and Nate Harris and undergraduate Callie Herman p p In 2017 Murray and kinesiology faculty member Chris Mizelle studied golfers eye movements while putting Theyve presented that research and are in the process of publishing it Murray said p p Photos and video are available for use at a referrerpolicyunsafeurl targetblank hrefhttpsctsbusinesswirecomctCTidsmartlinkampurlhttps3A2F2Fnewsecuedu2F20192F032F122Fecubaseballstudyaimsforbetterhitting2Fampesheet51954918ampnewsitemid20190314005608amplanenUSampanchorhttps3A2F2Fnewsecuedu2F20192F032F122Fecubaseballstudyaimsforbetterhitting2Fampindex1ampmd5aad1b070ba28e731e57495ae30e25928 relnofollowhttpsnewsecuedu20190312ecubaseballstudyaimsforbetterhittinga Please credit ECU News Services p p iEast Carolina University or ECU as its best known offers more than 85 bachelors 72 masters and 19 doctoral degrees to nearly 29000 students on its Greenville North Carolina campus and through an acclaimed online learning program The universitys school of medicine is recognized nationally for producing primary care physicians cardiovascular research advanced robotic surgery as well as obesity and diabetes breakthroughs ECU also boasts the largest business school enrollment and largest number of new nurses and education professionals produced by a fouryear North Carolina university in addition to the largest studio art program in the statei p p iLocated near Atlantic coast harbors where pirates once roamed ECU adopted the Pirates mascot in 1934 for its athletics program and competes in NCAA Division 1 The university has a globally recognized academic underwater archaeology program and enjoys a supportive relationship with the US military servicesi p p p pimg referrerpolicyunsafeurl alt srchttpsctsbusinesswirecomctCTidbwnewsampsty20190314005608r1ampsidweb01ampdistronxamplangen stylewidth0height0span classbwct31415p

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