PLNU x San Diego Padres Biomechanics Lab
On Monday, Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) hosted the grand opening of their new state-of-the-art pitching and biomechanics lab in partnership with the San Diego Padres MLB organization. The lab is now officially open at the PLNU Balboa Campus Regional Center in San Diego, CA.
Among those who attended the grand opening were Padres CEO Erik Greupner, Assistant GM Josh Stein, Pitching Coach Ruben Niebla, and pitchers Yu Darvish, Yuki Matsui and Daniel Camarena. The ribbon cutting ceremony also heard from PLNU President Dr. Bob Brower, Dean of the College of Health Sciences Dr. Jeff Sullivan, and last but certainly not least, lab director and the brains behind the entire operation, Dr. Arnel Aguinaldo.
This advanced facility features nine AMTI force plates, including those within an instrumented pitching mound and batter’s boxes. The force plates are installed alongside Qualisys and Theia Markerless motion capture systems, as well as a number of other top-of-the-line performance and ball tracking technology systems such as Trackman, Rapsodo, and Edgertronic.
As described by Padres Assistant GM Josh Stein, “This is a big part of modern-day player development — being able to analyze movement and understand the way in which pitchers and hitters are taking ground forces and going up through the kinetic chain … into [throwing] the baseball or into the swing,” Stein said. “A facility like this gives us a real advantage in terms of understanding our players’ development and how we can get them better.”