Kinematic determinants of power hitting performance: a technique comparison of male and female cricketers


Background: Recent research has investigated the relationships between technique and bat speed during a cricket range hitting task in 20 male batsmen ranging from club to international standard 1. The separation between the pelvis and thorax segments in the transverse plane at the commencement of the downswing, and both lead elbow extension and wrist uncocking during the downswing explained 78% of the observed variation in maximum bat speed. However, no research to date has compared such kinematic parameters between male and female batters during power hitting. Aims: To compare power hitting kinematics between experienced male and female batters.

In Proceedings of the 6th World Congress of Science and Medicine in Cricket

Stuart McErlain-Naylor
Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics