Cricket fast bowling: the relationship between range of motion and key performance and injury technique characteristics

Felton, P.J. ORCID: 0000-0001-9211-0319, McCaig, S. and King, M.A., 2023. Cricket fast bowling: the relationship between range of motion and key performance and injury technique characteristics. Journal of Sports Sciences. ISSN 0264-0414

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Fast bowling technique characteristics associated with performance and injury have been established; however, the effect of joint range of motion (ROM) on technique remains unknown. This study aimed to investigate ROM and its effect on fast bowling technique. Eighteen ROM measures and thirteen technique parameters were determined for 45 elite male fast bowlers. Twenty-three significant correlations were found between the shoulder, hip, and ankle ROM measures and technique parameters (r = 0.300–0.452; p < 0.05). Shoulder ROM was observed to have the highest number of correlations with fast bowling technique. Increased internal rotation, less external rotation, and greater total arc of rotation were associated with technique characteristics previously linked with increased ball release speed and decreased lumbar stress injury risk. Although hip and ankle ROM were also correlated with technique, their association is yet to be understood. Future research should aim to determine the impact of ROM on fast bowling movement patterns. This knowledge is likely to be useful in enhancing the coaching and rehabilitation of fast bowlers from lumbar stress injuries.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Sports Sciences
Creators: Felton, P.J., McCaig, S. and King, M.A.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 26 April 2023
ISSN: 0264-0414
Rights: © 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The terms on which this article has been published allow the posting of the Accepted Manuscript in a repository by the author(s) or with their consent.
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 27 Apr 2023 10:53
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2023 10:53

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