As we progress through the new millennia, we are experiencing the benefits of scientific research and development in many sports that we participate in or enjoy as spectators. Golf, football, track, cycling, snow skiing, and many more have benefited from advancements in research and technology for athletes and their equipment. The lone straggler in this arena is baseball.
Baseball continues to rely on conventional wisdom that has prevailed throughout its 100+ year history. From the pros to youth leagues, baseball is still reliant upon wisdom that has been handed down from generation to generation instead of taking advantage of the opportunity of advances in technology, nutrition, and conditioning. As a result, baseball is experiencing injury rates at an all time high throughout all levels of play.
One of our main concerns is with youth baseball and the number of injuries we see as a result of year-round play, over-use of players, and just plain uninformed coaches and parents that perpetuate many of the myths associated with throwing, hitting, and other aspects of the sport.
The Rod Dedeaux Baseball Research Institute (RDRBI), currently housed on the USC campus, takes advantage of over 40 years of research by Dr. Tom House and the National Pitching Association (NPA) to establish itself as the leader in the field of baseball research. The underlying curriculum in the areas of conditioning, nutrition, and the mental/emotional side of the game will be the foundation on which the RDRBI's mission is established, complimented with the latest in 3D motion analysis evaluations.
On this website you will find information on various research performed by RDRBI, as well as links to other studies that can benefit athletes of various types. It is our genuine hope that you will take advantage of what is presented here so that you, your child, or someone you know can benefit from what has been learned about injury prevention and performance enhancements.
As is always the case, PLEASE CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN before trying any protocols listed on this website.