Utilizing mounds of data supplied by high-speed video and AI, MGH Institute alum Donna Moxley Scarborough is part of a growing number of biomechanical specialists in Major League Baseball trying to give their clubs a competitive edge.

The next time the Boston Red Sox want to promote a pitcher from the minors or develop a rehabilitation program after an injury, there’s a good chance Donna Moxley Scarborough will have something to do with it.

The double-degree alumna from the MGH Institute is a biomechanist for the Boston Red Sox who makes her living by analyzing the movements of professional baseball players – primarily pitchers - to help the player and the club.

“My role with the Red Sox is to figure out how I can best leverage the biomechanical data that we’re collecting,” says Scarborough, PT, MS, PhD who earned her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from the IHP in 2018 and advanced master’s degree in neurologic physical therapy in 1997. “I want to help the team understand how to use that information to gain a competitive edge as well as keep our players as healthy as possible.”

Scarborough, a baseball enthusiast, is among a small but growing number of biomechanists in Major League Baseball who have embraced high-speed cameras and artificial intelligence – baseball’s technological revolution – to assess a player’s performance or injury recovery prospects. Gone are the days of attaching sensors or “wearables” on a person to measure how their joints are moving; today, 3D video-based systems provide practitioners like Scarborough all the data she needs. And, because nothing needs to be attached to an athlete, professional baseball is a perfect setting to leverage this technology.

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Donna Moxley Scarborough, seen here with a pitching machine at the Red Sox’ Jet Blue Park facility, is among a growing number of biomechanists in Major League Baseball.