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Ball Release Velocity: A Forward Kinematic Approach
This collection of studies extends the understanding of ball release speed development in cricket fast bowlers. A full body kinematic and kinetic analysis will be undertaken, with the quantification of how much variability exists within the system. A ‘Forward Kinematic Model’ will be used to quantify the contribution of body segments to ball release speed and whether these joint manipulations are attainable for the sample population.
As the use of linear statistics in previous research to quantify the relationship(s) between execution variables and outcome variables can only be viewed as an approximation, a more accurate way to investigate these relationships is needed. The development and implementation of a FKM will give a better representation of such relationships as the non-linearity of the system is modelled appropriately. However, to fully appreciate the outcomes of using a FKM, a comprehensive understanding of fast-bowling joint kinematics and kinetics is necessary.