Interesting study on pitching velocity:
A total of 420 pitchers were included, with a mean pitching velocity of 64 ± 10 mph.
After multivariate logistic regression analysis, the most important correlates with pitch velocity were age (P < .001; R2 = 0.658), height (P < .001; R2 = 0.076), separation of the hips and shoulders (P < .001; R2 = 0.027), and stride length (P < .001; R2 = 0.016); in combination, these 4 variables explained 78% of the variance in pitch velocity. Other findings:
- Each year of age was associated with a mean 1.5 mph increase in velocity
- Each inch in height, with 1.2 mph
- Separation of the hips and shoulders, with 2.6 mph
- A 10% increase in stride length, with 1.9 mph
Pitch velocity is most strongly correlated with age, height, separation of the hips and shoulders, and stride length.
What other predictors would you add to this list?