One of the most important components to team success is chemistry – the science of substance and matter. When App State baseball steps into its new laboratory this season, it will mix biomechanics and mathematics into its winning formula.
The new state-of-the-art pitching lab is an exemplary lesson in collaboration. A vision of head coach Kermit Smith six years ago, the lab is now a reality, thanks to pioneers within the athletics department and academic leadership, combined with the generosity of some of the program’s biggest supporters.
“I don’t know that this isn’t the definition of higher education,” Smith said. “What an opportunity to collaborate on, not only ways to serve our student-athletes and ways to serve our baseball program, but also ways to serve our students and ways to serve our professors. That’s what’s really exciting.”
While there might not be any beakers or test tubes in this lab, the process could not be any more scientific. The technology helps break down the unique makeup of every pitcher on the team, utilizing advanced data and analytics, combined with high-tech slow-motion cameras, to improve performance and minimize injury.