Quantifying variability within technique and performance in elite fast bowlers : is technical variability dysfunctional or functional?

PHILLIPS, Elissa, PORTUS, Marc, DAVIDS, Keith, BROWN, Nick and RENSHAW, Ian (2010). Quantifying variability within technique and performance in elite fast bowlers : is technical variability dysfunctional or functional? In: PORTUS, Marc, (ed.) Proceedings of the 2010 conference of science, medicine and coaching in cricket. Cricket Australia, 121-124.

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Abstract

In fast bowling, cricketers are expected to produce a range of delivery lines and lengths while maximising ball speed. From a coaching perspective, technique consistency has been typically associated with superior performance in these areas. However, although bowlers are required to bowl consistently, at the elite level they must also be able to vary line, length and speed to adapt to opposition batters’ strengths and weaknesses. The relationship between technique and performance variability (and consistency) has not been investigated in previous fast bowling research. Consequently, the aim of this study was to quantify both technique (bowling action and coordination) and performance variability in elite fast bowlers from Australian Junior and National Pace Squads. Technique variability was analysed to investigate whether it could be classified as functional or dysfunctional in relation to speed and accuracy. Published Version (PDF 123kB) View at publisher Abstract In fast bowling, cricketers are expected to produce a range of delivery lines and lengths while maximising ball speed. From a coaching perspective, technique consistency has been typically associated with superior performance in these areas. However, although bowlers are required to bowl consistently, at the elite level they must also be able to vary line, length and speed to adapt to opposition batters’ strengths and weaknesses. The relationship between technique and performance variability (and consistency) has not been investigated in previous fast bowling research. Consequently, the aim of this study was to quantify both technique (bowling action and coordination) and performance variability in elite fast bowlers from Australian Junior and National Pace Squads. Technique variability was analysed to investigate whether it could be classified as functional or dysfunctional in relation to speed and accuracy.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: From the Conference of Science, Medicine and Coaching in Cricket, Cricket Australia, Sheraton Mirage Resort and Spa, Gold Coast, Qld
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
Depositing User: Carole Harris
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2014 16:13
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2014 16:13
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7738

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