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Faculty member presents research softball pitch

May. 26, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Suzanne Konz, from Marshall University's College of Health Professions, will present her research on the mechanics of the windmill pitch in softball at the 60th annual American College of Sports Medicine conference on May 31.

Konz, an athletic trainer for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games, said she conducted her study on roughly 30 athletes in game settings by filming their pitches and then analyzing the mechanical changes of each throw over the course of a game situation.

Konz, an assistant professor of biomechanics within the Marshall School of Kinesiology, said the reality of sports for any collegiate athlete is dealing with the daily wear and tear on the body.

"We ultimately hope to help an athlete's post-collegiate quality of life by bringing in a better standard of strength conditioning, preventive components or larger pitching staffs to the team," Konz said. "This research will allow pitching coaches to know what to look for in an athlete's mechanics that may indicate fatigue."

Gary McIlvain, the chairman of Kinesiology and associate dean for the college, said Konz is a great asset to the school and her skills in biomechanical analysis are needed by athletes at every level.

"Dr. Konz is one of few women to be sought out by the NFL, as well as USA track and field and collegiate athletics, for her expertise," McIlvain said. "She has been the cornerstone of the new biomechanics major in the School of Kinesiology and we look forward to many more accomplishments."