Peak outward acceleration and ball release in cricket

Wayne SPRATFORD, Marc Portus, Andrew Wixted, Raymond Leadbetter, Daniel James

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Abstract: The purpose of this study was to investigate the utility of peak outward acceleration (POA) measured from an inertial sensor worn at the wrist as an indicator of the critical end point of the bowling action – ball release, a critical element when assessing illegal actions. Twenty-one finger-spin and fast bowlers from nine countries were recruited from the ICC under-19 Cricket World Cup to take part in this research. Bowlers delivered a cross section of their standard deliveries while wearing an inertial sensor placed on their wrists. Ball release was determined by a validated motional analysis ball release (MABR) protocol and compared to the simultaneously collected POA. POA was shown to be highly correlated with MABR (R 2 = 0.98) and a Bland–Altman plot indicated that all 148 trials were within the 3.42 frame (0.014 s) limits of agreement. POA when measured by an inertial sensor worn on the wrist during bowling had a close relationship with an established method of identifying ball release in a biomechanical laboratory regardless of bowler and delivery type. Further, accuracy can be achieved with the adoption of a simple regression equation applied to the POA and as such is a valid measure of ball release in cricket bowlers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)754-760
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Sports Sciences
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2015
Externally publishedYes


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