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Strength and Conditioning Practices of University and High School Level Cricket Coaches

A South African Context

Pote, Lee; Christie, Candice J.

The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research: December 2016 - Volume 30 - Issue 12 - p 3464–3470
doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001432
Original Research

Pote, L and Christie, CJ. Strength and conditioning practices of University and high school level cricket coaches: a South African context. J Strength Cond Res 30(12): 3464–3470, 2016—Although the sport of cricket is well established, the strength and conditioning practices of cricket players are not well known. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine the current strength and conditioning practices that coaches implement for South African schoolboy and University level cricket players. An online survey, adapted from previous strength and conditioning questionnaires, was sent to 38 schoolboy and 12 University teams that participated in the top competitions in the country (n = 50). Of these, 24 replied indicating a response rate of 48%. Results indicated that although some forms of conditioning, workload monitoring and injury prevention were being implemented, the correct practices were not being administered. Furthermore, it was identified that most coaches had insufficient qualifications and experience to administer the correct training techniques. It was concluded that coaches require further education so that scientifically based training programs can be implemented. This was deemed particularly necessary for adolescent bowlers who are at an increased risk of injury, specifically in the lower back region.

Department of Human Kinetics and Ergonomics, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa

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