|With the anticipation a World Cup and Ashes being hosted in our back yard this summer, it could be said that this is possibly one of the most exciting summers of cricket we’ve had in years. So, let’s briefly discuss some of the stressors cricket players, specifically bowlers, face when playing this truly great sport.
During the initial front foot contact, fast bowlers experience forces up to nine times their bodyweight, with their anterior and posterior braking forces continuing at two to three times a person’s bodyweight (Mason et al, 1989). This ground reaction force results in a large amount of stress being placed on the bowler’s body (Bartlett, R et al, 1996).
So, why might mobility be important to a bowler? Well put simply, any muscular imbalances or mobility issues could be detrimental to the athlete’s ability to perform the skill to the best of their ability. Furthermore, it can be the contributing factor to a player becoming injured and having to spend a significant amount of time on the side line. Take Mitchell Johnson for example (pictured above), imagine if he had a lack of mobility through his left ankle. Every time he lands on his front foot, potentially sending up to nine times his own bodyweight through his bones, this lack of mobility and muscular imbalance may potentially be the start of what could lead to a serious injury of his ankle, knee or even be a contributing factor to a lower back injury.
The upkeep and training of mobility is indisputably crucial to the physical wellbeing of a bowler and the vital to their overall performance and success. RockTape offers a variety of tools and equipment to help improve and maintain mobility and has played a key role in my client-based training, as well as my personal fitness.