A Review of the Internal and External Physiological Demands Associated With Batting in Cricket

Scanlan, Aaron, Berkelmans, Daniel, Vickery, Will and Kean, Crystal (2016) A Review of the Internal and External Physiological Demands Associated With Batting in Cricket. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 11 (8). pp. 987-997. ISSN 1555-0265

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Abstract

Cricket is a popular international team sport with various game formats ranging from long-duration multiday tests to short-duration Twenty20 game play. The role of batsmen is critical to all game formats, with differing physiological demands imposed during each format. Investigation of the physiological demands imposed during cricket batting has historically been neglected, with much of the research focusing on bowling responses and batting technique. A greater understanding of the physiological demands of the batting role in cricket is required to assist strength and conditioning professionals and coaches with the design of training plans, recovery protocols, and player-management strategies. This brief review provides an updated synthesis of the literature examining the internal (eg, metabolic demands and heart rate) and external (eg, activity work rates) physiological responses to batting in the various game formats, as well as simulated play and small-sided-games training. Although few studies have been done in this area, the summary of data provides important insight regarding physiological responses to batting and highlights that more research on this topic is required. Future research is recommended to combine internal and external measures during actual game play, as well as comparing different game formats and playing levels. In addition, understanding the relationship between batting technique and physiological responses is warranted to gain a more holistic understanding of batting in cricket, as well as to develop appropriate coaching and training strategies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: batsmen, heart rate, lactate, RPE, GPS, time–motion analysis
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2017 14:39
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2017 04:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/29157

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