The role of a cricket bowler is to deliver the ball in such a way as to minimise batsmen scoring runs or get them out. Fast bowlers utilise the pace of delivery as a key tool to achieve this. The purpose of this study was to use inertial measurement units (IMUs) to investigate the relationship between IMU derived spinal kinematics, lower limb accelerations and ball release speed in cricket fast bowlers. Sacral vertical loading rate at back-foot impact and thoracic lateral flexion at front-foot impact displayed significant positive relationships with ball release speed (r=.521 and .629 respectively). Consequently, this study highlights IMUs are able to effectively identify trends in fast bowling performance and hence, larger accelerations at back-foot impact with increased lateral flexion at front-foot impact were effective strategies to increase ball release speed for the bowlers measured in this study.
Senington, Billy; Lee, Raymond Y.; and Williams, Jonathan M.
"THE USE OF INERTIAL MEASUREMENT UNITS TO IDENTIFY BIOMECHANICAL FACTORS OF PERFORMANCE IN CRICKET FAST BOWLERS,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 40:
1, Article 152.
Available at: https://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol40/iss1/152