Complete guide to Strength Training for Cricketers.

Why we move like we do

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]

Training age

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

 

Steff

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