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How can I assess upper-body power in baseball and softball players?

Upper-body power in baseball or softball players can be assessed using a test such as the rotation medicine ball throw. This assessment measures total-body rotational strength and power. Use the procedure described below to perform the assessment. The athlete begins perpendicular to the throwing-zone holding the ball with both hands. They rotate through the hips (similar to a batter’s swing) and throw the ball forward as far as possible. Compare right and left sides to gain a complete understanding of the athlete's power ability.

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