CRICKET STRENGTH ARTICLES

How many overs should I be bowling?

Belting email in from Stu this week With the season coming at us full steam ahead he had some questions about how he should be going about the number of overs he should be getting in This is what he asked ============================================================...

Helping Pre season stiffness

Its that time of the year again When the pain from pre season nets starts to take hold It can be a pretty excruciating period We had this question in the Richie who has been having some issues Take a look ===============================================================...

Whens the best time to plant a tree

Have you heard the old take of when best to plant a tree? There are 2 answers The first is 20 years ago If youd planted a tree 20 years ago then youd be reaping the rewards of it now Whether it be growing fruit, providing shade in the summer or simply to help the...

Coping with a growth spurt for Fast Bowlers

Had this belter of a question in from Sam over in sunny Australia Lets have a read big fella =========================================================== Hi there I'm in Australia and have a 13yo (14 in April) son who just wants to bowl fast. He's always had quite a...

What do you do after you’ve been to the moon

No big fella I’ve not lost the plot Despite being on a juice cleanse (more on that in tomorrows Cricket Strength TV episode) It’s a story I heard the other day Being a bit of a geek when im in the car I like to make the most of my time and stick an audiobook or...

Helping Pre season stiffness

Its that time of the year again When the pain from pre season nets starts to take hold It can be a pretty excruciating period We had this question in the Richie who has been having some issues Take a look ===============================================================...

Whens the best time to plant a tree

Have you heard the old take of when best to plant a tree? There are 2 answers The first is 20 years ago If youd planted a tree 20 years ago then youd be reaping the rewards of it now Whether it be growing fruit, providing shade in the summer or simply to help the...

Coping with a growth spurt for Fast Bowlers

Had this belter of a question in from Sam over in sunny Australia Lets have a read big fella =========================================================== Hi there I'm in Australia and have a 13yo (14 in April) son who just wants to bowl fast. He's always had quite a...

What do you do after you’ve been to the moon

No big fella I’ve not lost the plot Despite being on a juice cleanse (more on that in tomorrows Cricket Strength TV episode) It’s a story I heard the other day Being a bit of a geek when im in the car I like to make the most of my time and stick an audiobook or...

The Number 1 question we get asked

This comes from something that no one else is talking about in fast bowling coaching Its Steff’s hip and knee dominant classification for bowlers And it could well turn the whole coaching world in cricket upside down When used properly it should guide the way you...

Plugging the leak

I was doing a bit of reading the other day But of a geek for knowledge, want to keep learning all the time It was from a top US S&C in baseball And this guy gets results with the baseball players he works with For me that is exactly the type of guy in the industry...

Old motors and bowling

Bit of a weird headline I grant you But something occurred to me over the weekend My neighbour has an old classic car Think it’s a triumph or something like that All week he keeps it under cover and sat in the garage But each Sunday he’ll fire it up and take it for a...

8 Ways to ease that first net feeling..

Its that’s time of year Having that first bowl is always tough But the morning… ouch Stairs and sitting down are murder So here are 8 ways to help lessen the pain 1-   Bring the body back down to normal heart rate as quick as possible. For this I use lying...

If you only have 1 hour

Had a different sort of question in the other week And it made me think a little bit It was from one of our network of coaches over in Dubai Here is what the big fella asked “Hey Dewsy Just a quick one Ive got a session tomorrow with a couple of international bowlers...

Do you start with dessert?

Everyone knows how you eat a 3 course meal Im pretty certain of that Starter first (the clues in the name) Then the main course, your meat and potatoes Lastly the dessert Most peoples favourite just to top the whole meal off Now im 39, and I cant remember ever going...

Should kids do plyometrics

I got asked this last week In todays climate probably a perfectly good question Seems that a lot of people fall into 2 camps You’ve got the coffee drinking barbell fixes all lot Or the don’t want to touch in case something goes wrong brigade As always you’ve got to...

Bullet proofing the hamsters

The hammies are a regular bug bear for fast bowlers And a lot of cricketers I feel sorry for them, they get a bad name for being injured a lot but they have to take the strain when the other parts of the body above and below aren’t working well This is a great drill...

A leading edge

We had the pleasure last week of chatting to Ex Somerset & Derbyshire all rounder Wes Durston Having recently retired he, along with Patrick Latham, has wrote a new book on cricket leadership And it’s a belter We sat down for a chat with him Have a watch here...

Why my bowlers don’t Olympic Lift

Let me first start by saying I Olympic lift. I do it because I enjoy doing them and that's why I train these days. However did they help me bowl faster when I was at my peak, I don't think so. I was always stuck at approximately bodyweight clean and 80% bodyweight...

The danger period in rehab

Rehab is never much fun Apart from the obvious downside that you are missing playing the game you love, the training can be monotonous And for our players it means they spend every day with me (which In turn leads them to need a psych session!) We have back to play...

Cricket Strength TV Episode 12- Starting off

Starting off at a new gym can be daunting A new program, new exercises And the pain! So there are a few things to ask before you do Could save a lot of time and injury Have a look here https://youtu.be/0ouGbZ8ZzVw Think differently Dewsy p.s. need more help the Inner...

Eccentric strength training for bowlers

I believe the greatest emphasis in training for quicks need to be placed on improving eccentric strength. However, what is the best method to achieve eccentric strength gains? The prime objective in any of my progs is the rule of specificity. I would suggest that the...

Can you change?

Change can be pretty scary Ask anyone who has already slipped up on their new years resolution! Its always easier to stay where you are Make a load of excuses for why you are not where you want Why your bowling isn’t quicker Why your body is injured Why your second...

Are you a castaway?

I was watching an old film at the weekend The Tom Hanks one, Castaway Now if you haven’t seen in big Tom plays a postal worker When he’s on a plane that goes down over an ocean he finds himself the only survivor on a desert island He faces an uphill battle to keep...

Cricket Strength TV Episode 11- pelvic control

The pelvis is the fulcrum of the body If it’s out of whack you could have issues Here is how we assess then help correct Watch here https://youtu.be/UeRn5biErYk Any questions then shout Think differently Dewsy

Losing the timber

Its that time of year again Clothes a little tighter Getting out of breath a bit easier The toll that not just Christmas, but for most people the whole of December takes on the body can be a heavy one Literally! We had this question from Mike in about how to put this...

The quad killer

I came across this exercise a couple weeks ago And my friend it is a belter The quad killer It can be used in just about any lower body rehab, prehab, strength or hypertrophy program We have just put 4 new programs in the Inner...

Not just for bowlers

Now cricket strength has been traditionally recognised as mainly helping fast bowlers And that is what we have mainly been doing After all its one of the hardest things to do, make a real difference with fast bowlers, whether it be increasing pace or decreasing injury...

The 10,000 step rule

First up, Happy New Year May it bring you everything you ever wanted Now just over a year ago I set myself a challenge On the fitbit watch I have it sets you a target of trying to complete 10,000 steps a day Im not too sure where the number came from but I tried to...

Eccentric Specific Training

There needs to be a greater emphasis in training placed on improving eccentric strength. The question is, how best can one achieve eccentric strength gains? The prime directive in this case, is the rule of specificity. I've found the best way to improve eccentric...

Fast Bowlers TRIPHASIC skill stability paradigm.

My skill stability paradigm continues to help many coaches of various sports around the world to make technical changes in their athletes. I've explained the science of it before and it works and will continue to work when the stages of learning and adaptation are...

What I first look at on a Fast Bowler

When I observe a fast bowler for the first time it's always eyes down for me! The main node I look at is BFC and these 3 aspects- 1. What angle does the foot contact at? 2. Is the heel touching? 3. What's the angle at the knee joint? This will determine everything....

Don’t spend too long on the squat

Following on from this morning's post and to reiterate I only get bowlers to squat for 1 phase.   That's it.   It's not specific and doesn't directly transfer to bowling fast.   Let's stop with an over-reliance on it.   In simple terms, get in and...

The skill stability paradigm

The skill stability paradigm I believe is a game changer for technical coaching in fast bowling.   Doing 1000's reps like walk throughs simply don't work, your brain gets bored of it.   The RAS reticular activating system simply won't be stimulated and all...

Fast bowlers: Born or built?

Let me answer it simply first before delving deeper into it.   Genuine pace [90mph+] is in your DNA and gives you the PACE FLOOR.   Some bowlers start at a higher level than others and clearly will have the ability to go higher.   So, the higher the...

Utilising back foot contact

No 2 bowlers will land on the back foot the same.   The quality of the contact can have a massive impact on the quality of the full ‘Kino-sequence’ of fast bowling.   Based on bowling type Ground contact times of 0.112 on BFC for a hip DOMINANT bowler and...

Changing the fast bowlers kinematic sequence

Studying the bowling KINO SEQUENCE using Xsens suit provides information that cannot be identified with the naked eye.   Firstly it's clear on the improvement in FFC One year apart.   Notice how this bowler has now developed a FLEX and EXTEND pattern with...

Why we need blurred lines

Don’t worry big fella, I’m not gonna start singing   Blurred lines is how we need to start seeing the overall aspects of training   Here is what I mean   At the moment pretty much every different type of training is done in isolation   Lets take...

Will it help my bowling?

Had this question in last week   And it was a curious one as he is almost on the right course   But sometimes its hard to unlearn things   Here is what we got asked   ============================================================   Hi ross   I’m...

What Boxing has right

It was a big weekend of boxing just gone   And I’m a big fan of it   Even got myself up at 430 Sunday morning to watch the Wilder Fury fight (my thoughts are that AJ would beat them both and so a re match keeps them both unbeaten for a bit longer)  ...

Do schools need Strength coaches?

I saw something on twitter the other day   It was someone saying that there needed to be a lot more strength and conditioning coaches in schools to help kids   And a few years ago big fella I would have agreed with this   We have spoke a lot about how...

Whats the point of Movement screening?

You probably know that we do FMS (functional movement testing) with our players   Its one of the tools we use to assess where they are physically   We feel its important to test the fundamentals as well as capacity   For so long most of the importance...

Lessons from a burst tyre

I went back to Dorset at the weekend to see my family   Its only 2 and a hours away, but I don’t manage to get down there that much so its always nice to see them   But im not a big fan of driving big fella   And when I do the only option in my head is...

How many times can you put on a plaster?

At work the other day we had a couple of the lads little ones in at lunchtime   There is a great family feel to our club and its great to have the kids in   And they were flying about   Then, as toddlers do, one of them took a dive and grazed his knee...

Approach speed and bowling

Based on Pacelab data your bowling approach constitutes between 15-20% of your bowling velocity.   How many coaches or bowlers know how to improve efficiency, running speed and develop quality running mechanics?   I said last week in a post, based on data...

Is this a pointless message

Social media is a fantastic tool   There are so many great trainers out there that you have a wealth of information at your finger tips   Unfortunately the key is to decipher the messages out there   Will they help, hinder or are they just pointless?...

What you are missing

Episode 6 of Cricket Strength TV   We talk about what rotatory athletes like cricketers are missing in their training   And why it can be so impactful on performance and injury prevention   Have a watch here   And if you need more help join us in...

Morning bowlers session

Morning session with two young quicks.   Med ball rotational and extension throws as potentiation.   Have a watch here https://www.instagram.com/p/BqebqSsB0or/   Note- Olympic lifts don't provide the sequence that's specific to bowling , triple rotation...

Should I be resting?

Had this question in last week   Since the new website was launched it seems it’s a lot easier for you to get them in which is great   We want to be helping as much as possible   Anyway this one was from Gareth who wanted to know about his off season...

What the Dr said

A few years ago we were heading into a new season with one of my clubs   We’d completed the winter, and it was pretty long and tough   There was a player who had been suffering with quite a few injuries, which was a shame because he was a gun   Could...

Are Olympic Lifts pointless for fast bowlers?

This data was collected from a professional team in the summer using real track systems WIMU. (look here https://www.instagram.com/p/BqXHA9shr4F/)   The gyro was placed on the shoulder blades and measured trunk flexion/extension, rotation and lateral flexion....

Playing in the sand

Last week we had the opportunity to go down and use the indoor facility at Worcester Warriors rugby club   And my friend it is an awesome place   It has pretty much everything you could want to help your players   Cryo chamber, hyobaric chamber, alter g...

How we use FMS as a tool with our players

Cricket Strength TV episode 5   We look at how we use the FMS system with our players to help guide how we can safely add strength and power   It’s a pretty simple process that seems to get misunderstood   Take a look here And if you need help then the...

The load the back needs

Back in September you will remember that we had our first Fast Bowlers profiling day for our guys at Worcester   We had 3 separate sets of people all come to us to do their own separate testing on our boys   We had Steff with his pacelab team to get bowling...

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