IN CRICKET, THE ABILITY TO THROW A BALL AT HIGH VELOCITY WITH GREAT ACCURACY IS CRITICAL TO SUCCESSFUL PERFORMANCE AND OFTEN DETERMINES THE OUTCOME OF MATCHES. THE SKILL OF CRICKET FIELDING INCORPORATES A MOVEMENT PHASE AND A PICK-UP AND THROW PHASE AIMED AT DECREASING RUN RATE OR PRODUCING A RUN OUT OF THE OPPOSITION. A MAJOR ISSUE IN CRICKET IS THE RISK OF INJURY TO PLAYERS ATTRIBUTED TO AN ACUTE SPIKE IN THROWING INTENSITY AND VOLUME DURING PRACTICE AND MATCHES. THIS ARTICLE DISCUSSES STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PRACTICES THAT MAY REDUCE THE PREVALENCE OF THROWING-RELATED INJURIES AND IMPROVE THROWING PERFORMANCE.
1Sport Performance Research Institute New Zealand, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand;
2New Zealand Cricket, High Performance Centre, Lincoln University, Canterbury, New Zealand;
3School of Exercise, Biomedical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia;
4Sports Scholarship Programme, Lincoln University, Canterbury, New Zealand;
5Biomechanics Laboratory, Utah State University, Logan, Utah; and
6Faculty of Health, Sport and Human Performance, University of Waikato, Tauranga, New Zealand
Address correspondence to Dr. Daniel T. McMaster, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no sources of funding.
John B. Croninis a Professor in Strength and Conditioning at AUT University and an Adjunct Professor at Edith Cowan University.
Anthony P. Sharpis the High Performance Strength and Conditioning Manager at New Zealand Cricket.
Bryan Stronachis the General Manager of High Performance at New Zealand Cricket.
Richard Deuchrassis the Athletic Performance Manager for the Sports Scholarship Programme at Lincoln University.
Eadric Bresselis the Director of the Biomechanics Laboratory and a Professor in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department at Utah State University.
Dayle F. Shackelis currently a High Performance Physiotherapist at New Zealand Cricket focussing on injury prevention and management for elite.
Daniel T. McMasteris a Research Fellow in Health, Sport and Human Performance at the University of Waikato.