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Part 1: Biomechanics, Injury Surveillance, and Predictors of Injury for Cricket Fast Bowlers

Stronach, Bryan1; Cronin, John B.1,2,3; Portus, Marc4,5

Strength & Conditioning Journal: August 2014 - Volume 36 - Issue 4 - p 65–72
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000077
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ABSTRACT: CRICKET HAS TRADITIONALLY FOLLOWED THE GENERAL STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PRACTICES OF OTHER SPORTS. AS THE PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF CRICKET HAVE BEEN INVESTIGATED MORE FULLY, IT IS APPARENT THAT CRICKET PRESENTS UNIQUE PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND CHALLENGES. TO ASSIST PRACTITIONERS TO IMPLEMENT FAST BOWLER PHYSICAL PREPARATION BEST PRACTICE, WE PROVIDE A 2-PART REVIEW. PART 1 DISCUSSES THE BIOMECHANICS OF THE BOWLING ACTION, INJURY SURVEILLANCE DATA, AND PREDICTORS OF INJURY OF CRICKET FAST BOWLING. PART 2 DISCUSSES THE MECHANICAL AND ANTHROPOMETRIC FACTORS THAT ARE THOUGHT TO BE IMPORTANT DETERMINANTS OF FAST BOWLING.

1New Zealand Cricket, Calder Drive, Lincoln University, Christchurch, New Zealand;

2Sport Performance Research Institute New Zealand, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand;

3School of Exercise, Biomedical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia;

4Praxis Sport Science, Paddington, Australia; and

5Centre for Wireless Monitoring and Applications, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

Bryan Stronach is the General Manager of High Performance for New Zealand Cricket.

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John B. Cronin is a professor in Strength and Conditioning at AUT University and holds an adjunct professorial position at Edith Cowan University.

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Marc Portus is the Head of Movement Science at the Australian Institute of Sport.

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