THE CONTRIBUTION OF ELBOW EXTENSION TO WRIST SPEED IN CRICKET FAST BOWLERS

  • Kane J. Middleton
  • Jacqueline A. Alderson
  • Bruce C. Elliott
  • Peter M. Mills
Keywords: kinematics, biomechanical modelling, link segment model, wrist speed

Abstract

The purpose of this modelling study was to assess the sensitivity of wrist joint speed to systematic manipulations of empirical elbow joint flexion-extension kinematic profiles. The joint kinematic profiles of 12 cricket fast bowlers were entered into a Forward Kinematic Model and the elbow joint kinematic profiles were subsequently amplified to elicit wrist speed changes. An amplification factor of zero decreased wrist speed by a mean of 8.6% (± 6.9%), whereas an amplification factor of two increased speed by a mean of 8.8% (± 7.1%). An opposite relationship was found for two participants who extended the elbow joint prior to release and it is proposed that an internally rotated humerus will displace the wrist joint posteriorly when the elbow joint is extending.
Published
2014-10-06
Section
Coaching and Sports Activities