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This LibGuide was created to accompany the Visions & Voices event: Velocity and Vulnerability: Baseball Pitchers and the Limits of Human Performance, March 31 at Dedeaux Field at USC at 6:00 pm

Velocity and Vulnerability: Baseball Pitchers and the Limits of Human Performance

Why do we expect athletes to transcend human limits and seek perfection? Join us for a conversation at USC’s storied Dedeaux Field with pitching legend Tom House, USC Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering professor Jill McNitt-Gray and Keck School of Medicine orthopedic surgeon Dr. Seth Gamradt.

Here's the wind-up ...

... and the pitch!

Will baseball pitchers ever throw 120-mile-per-hour fastballs, or have we reached the human body’s speed limit? What does it mean that we expect athletes to transcend limits and seek perfection? Questions like these pertain to both the beautiful science of biomechanics and the often-unforgiving culture of sports fandom. Join us for a conversation under the lights of USC’s storied Dedeaux Field with pitching legend and USC alumnus Tom House, former Major League reliever Robb Nen, USC Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering professor Jill McNitt-Gray and Keck School of Medicine orthopedic surgeon Dr. Seth Gamradt, who works closely with USC’s Athletic Medicine Department, providing care for student-athletes and sports teams. After the discussion, test your arm against the pros with radar guns and motion-capture equipment. In conjunction, the USC Libraries and USC Athletics will present an exhibition of baseball memorabilia and other items from their collections, including the Biomechanics of Motion collection in the USC Digital Library.

Organized by USC Athletics and the USC Libraries.

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