We talk a lot about how the body is smart

 

If you have a problem at 1 joint then whatever is above or below will take the slack and do the work needed

 

Although this can lead to a lot of the injuries we see in fast bowlers

 

But something that we haven’t really touched on too much before is the role of the brain in all this

 

Now of course it’s always working away pretty damn hard in the background, governing all you do

 

But the brain has a pretty simple modus operandi

 

And that is to protect the body at all costs

 

And this can have pretty heavy consequences when we are both in the gym and during bowling

 

You see if something isn’t right, say your lower back, then the brain will put some roadblocks in place to shut down normal range of movement and beef up the stability around the area

 

Which produces tightness

 

Then we have to be very careful how we look at both flexibility and bowling

 

Lets take the lower back again, which has an issue and so the hips are being told to stiffen to try and protect

 

Just jumping in now and pulling the hip into internal rotation isn’t gonna have a great carry over effect

 

The brain will just think its under attack again, and an hour or 2 later there is a good chance and gains in range will be gone, as well haven’t fixed the actual problem

 

Then you could be looking to increase a bowlers stride length at the crease

 

And get frustrated when it isn’t working, when in fact there is no way the body is gonna let you have that range whilst its protecting the back

 

You probably have seen some of these sorts of things

 

Without even thinking, your body tells you ‘nope, we’re not doing that today’

Maybe its when you go to pick a weight up off the floor

 

For me I’ve got some jacked up shoulders, and do anything to avoid going round a tight roundabout where they’ve got to move too quick

 

Without even thinking I take an easier route

 

So listen to your brain, it’s pretty smart

 

Find the actual problem and get it fixed

 

And if you need more help then the Inner Circle has your back

 

Coe see what its all about here https://cricketstrength.lpages.co/membership-inner-circle/

 

Think differently

 

Dewsy

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