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. Technical, tactical and physical intervention. Based on the 3 determining questions
1. Embrace dominance. Hip or knee
2. Change Technique to match anthropometry
3. Change training to match technique
We can make a plan.
The technical model currently being coached worldwide doesn’t match up to the physical intervention methods being adopted by strength and conditioning coaches. Both aspects are going further away from each other.
Not every bowler should be performing deep squats and not all bowlers need a long run up for example.
Here is an example.
When back foot points forward on BFC the bowler needs to land stiff , absorb force and able to utilise the greater momentum built up from the run up which needs to be longer.
Front on bowler don’t have torque at the trunk so need to make up for it elsewhere-MOMENTUM!
OK, top speed sprinting has been shown to activate the hamstrings more than glutes and quads.
So a HIP DOMINANT BOWLER would need a long run up and a focus on exercise like RDL and hip thrust.
This is in addition to the stiffness work in SKILL STABILITY PARADIGM. This is opposite to acceleration phase of sprinting which could be seen as a shorter run up approach.
The shorter run up would rely on the quads and glutes and clearly will be KNEE DOMINANT BOWLERS so squatting would be perfect for these guys.
So, small detail need to be understood and respected. Things happen for a reason. NO COOKIE CUTTER PROGRAMMES FOR FAST BOWLERS.
We all need to gain knowledge and become competent in all aspects of sports performance.
From sports psychology, sensorimotor tactical –technical awareness, to bio-motor, Bio-dynamic and bio-energetics understanding.
Only then can we truly say fast bowling has reached a celling in human performance.
This is what James Smith refers to as ‘The governing dynamics of coaching’.
Assess don’t guess