Mound may increase pitcher's risk for injury

March 26, 2008 2:46:40 PM PDT
Baseball pitchers are known to be at increased risk for injury, as the repetitive act of throwing a ball is tough on the body, but a new study suggests the height of a pitcher's mound may increase that risk.

Using digital cameras and specialized motion analysis, researchers from the Medical College of Wisconsin watched what happened to the bodies of 20 pitchers. They saw that, compared to flat ground, pitchers on a mound experienced more bodily stress.

The study did not provide enough data to make a recommendation on whether the standard 10-inch mound should be changed.