Complete guide to Strength Training for Cricketers.
There is a reason why we move like we do and perform a skill like fast bowling in the manner we do it.
The body doesn’t gravitate to its strength but it moves towards its weaknesses. Also known as dysfunctions
I believe there are 5 reasons why a fast bowler has the technical model they have:
Myelinated motor pattern
Fibre make up
Neuro-chemical type [Neurotype]
Muscle or Tendon driven
Ultimately, fast bowlers are built, and subsequently, developed for a particular bowling style.
Through their adolescent development, their neurons that fired together to form a particular platform of movement become wired together to make that movement more powerful in their maturity.
With my hip or knee classification, it’s more about a preferred motor pattern than exact muscle strength, which is the preference of squatting (knee) or deadlifting (hip).
This is a myelinated movement patterning, so the best way to make any real changes is to get high volume or slow-speed performance of specific movements requiring neurally “steering” of the pattern towards middle ground, but this is only helpful to a point, since an athlete must ultimately embrace their strengths to reach their highest potential.
From the time, a child starts throwing their dummy out of the pram; the processes of neurophysiology are in play.
To make a muscle work, the motor cortex of the brain initiates an electrical impulse that travels down a nerve, connects with another nerve at the spinal cord, and then activates a muscle contraction.
In a complex movement like bowling, this occurs in a series of sequenced and synergistic events known as a neuromuscular pattern.
Every delivery of a cricket ball results in one layer of myelin (insulation) on that neuromuscular pathway.
Make another delivery and you get another layer. Keep repeating it and you’ve myelinated a circuit that becomes the identity of your movement pattern.
This pattern will follow anthropometry.
Technique cannot follow a path, which isn’t stable and functional.
You cannot ask the body to do something, which it fundamentally cannot do!
Early decisions in a bowlers’ development need to be made
Assess don’t guess