Optimising the front foot contact phase of the cricket fast bowling action

Felton, P.J. ORCID: 0000-0001-9211-0319, Yeadon, M.R. and King, M.A., 2020. Optimising the front foot contact phase of the cricket fast bowling action. Journal of Sports Sciences, 38 (18), pp. 2054-2062. ISSN 0264-0414

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Cricket fast bowling is a dynamic activity in which a bowler runs up and repeatedly delivers the ball at high speeds. Experimental studies have previously linked ball release speed and several technique parameters with conflicting results. As a result, computer simulation models are increasingly being used to understand the effects of technique on performance. This study evaluates a planar 16-segment whole-body torque-driven simulation model of the front foot contact phase of fast bowling by comparing simulation output with the actual performance of an elite fast bowler. The model was customised to the bowler by determining subject-specific inertia and torque parameters. Good agreement was found between actual and simulated performances with a 4.0% RMS difference. Varying the activation timings of the torque generators resulted in an optimised simulation with a ball release speed 3.5 m/s faster than the evaluation simulation. The optimised technique used more extended front ankle and knee kinematics, increased trunk flexion and a longer delay in the onset of arm circumduction. These simulations suggest the model provides a realistic representation of the front foot contact phase of fast bowling and is suitable to investigate the limitations of other kinematic or kinetic variables on fast bowling performance.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Sports Sciences
Creators: Felton, P.J., Yeadon, M.R. and King, M.A.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 2020
Volume: 38
Number: 18
ISSN: 0264-0414
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 19 May 2020 13:04
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 03:00
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/39870

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