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Active Voice: Major League Baseball's New Rule & Injury Risk for Pitchers

from By Chia-Hua Kuo, Ph.D., FACSM

From March 14: Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Chia-Hua Kuo, Ph.D., FACSM, is a professor and researcher at the University of Taipei in Taipei, Taiwan. His research is mainly focused on muscle inflammation under exercise challenges and its role in metabolic aging.

This commentary presents Dr. Kuo’s views on the topic related to a research article that he and his colleagues authored. Their research article appears in the December 2016 issue of
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE).

Between the years 2004 and 2014, the average length of Major League Baseball (MLB) games in the U.S. increased by more than 25 minutes. Recently, MLB made a rule modification to cut down the length of time between pitches — requiring the interval to be shortened from 20 to 12 seconds! This new policy, within one year, decreased the time of an average game from three hours and eight minutes (in 2014) to two hours and 56 minutes. more

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