The ‘R’ word

There seems to be a word which keeps popping up in cricket when talking about fast bowlers

 

And young fast bowlers in particular

 

And that is making them ‘robust’

 

I keep hearing it all the time

 

Which is fine in itself

 

Of course we want every young bowler to have a long and fruit full career, and bowl at good pace

 

But what is worrying me is the rush to jump in and get them on strength programs that you’d usually see a second row forward in rugby have

 

Being nosey if im in a facility where young players are being trained I take a look at any programs that are on the wall

 

And hell, some of them scare me

 

It seems there are exercises we are just shoe horning into kids

 

Kids who cant move

 

Kids who are getting injured all the time

 

And the excuse im hearing is we need to make them robust

 

News flash— if the player keeps getting injured and youre doing more and more strength work then you are not making them robust, you are doing completely the opposite

 

You are not looking at the players needs, you are just getting them to do what you like

 

Gray Cook put out a very simple message about this last week

 

Get these things in process before jumping into lifting, especially bilateral lifting

 

The 3 biggest injury red lights

 

  1. Previous Injury.

 

  1. Left/Right Asymmetries.

 

  1. Movement Limitations.

 

Once you remove these then you can get into strengthening

 

To ignore these is very dangerous

 

For me someone who moves well, has their asymmetries sorted and bowling technique sound will be a lot more robust than someone who just lives in the gym

 

And they can continually build strength onto a system that is working

 

Not onto a broken system

 

Be smart with your training

 

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Think smartly

 

Dewsy