Motor Control

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The purpose of this study was to quantify the inter- and intra-individual spinal movement variability in a group of pre-elite and elite fast bowlers. Eleven pre-elite and elite level bowlers from the Otago region (New Zealand) took part in the study. Each bowler bowled two six-over spells, while being recorded by a 3D motion analysis system in two sessions, one week apart. Thorax and lumbopelvis segments were modelled and analysed. Between session changes in spine kinematics were greatest for lateral bending (p = .0001). Inter-individual variability was much greater than the average within-participant variability (more than double), highlighting the need for individual analyses of fast bowlers in the future. Inter- and intra-individual variability in spinal movement among a homogenous group of fast bowlers found in the current study will be important for designing future studies on cricket fast bowlers.