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

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posted on 03.06.2020 by Paul James Felton, Fred Yeadon, Mark King
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 joint angles, 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 kinematic or kinetic variables on fast bowling performance.

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Journal of Sports Sciences

Publisher

Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Sports Sciences on 31 May 2020, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02640414.2020.1770407.

Acceptance date

08/05/2020

Publication date

2020-05-31

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

0264-0414

eISSN

1466-447X

Language

en

Depositor

Prof Mark King. Deposit date: 2 June 2020

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