Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
ISSN: 1303 - 2968   
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©Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (2017) 16, 311 - 317

Research article
Accelerometery and Heart Rate Responses of Professional Fast-Medium Bowlers in One-Day and Multi-Day Cricket
James A. Johnstone1, , Gerwyn Hughes2, Andrew C. Mitchell3, Paul A. Ford4, Tim Watson2, Rob Duffield5, Dan Gordon1, Justin D. Roberts1, Andrew T. Garrett6
Author Information
1 The Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences, Anglia Ruskin University, UK
2 Dept. of Kinesiology, University of San Francisco, USA
3 School of Sport Science and Physical Activity, University of Bedfordshire, UK
4 British Olympic Association, London, UK
5 Sport and Exercise Discipline Group, Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney, AUS
6 Department of Sport, Health and Exercise, University of Hull, UK

James A. Johnstone
✉ The Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences, Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. CB1 1PT, UK
Publish Date
Received: 14-03-2016
Accepted: 24-05-2017
Published (online): 08-08-2017

The physical demands of fast-medium bowling are increasingly being recognised, yet comparative exploration of the differing demands between competitive formats (i.e. one-day [OD] versus multi-day [MD] matches) remain minimal. The aim of this study was to describe in-match physiological profiles of professional fast-medium bowlers from England across different versions of competitive matches using a multivariable wearable monitoring device. Seven professional cricket fast-medium bowlers wore the BioharnessTM monitoring device during matches, over three seasons (>80 hours in-match). Heart Rate (HR) and Acceleromety (ACC) was compared across match types (OD, MD) and different in-match activity states (Bowling, Between over bowling, Fielding). Peak acceleration during OD bowling was significantly higher in comparison to MD cricket ([OD vs. MD] 234.1 ± 57.9 vs 226.6 ± 32.9 ct·episode-1, p < 0.05, ES = 0.11-0.30). Data for ACC were also higher during OD than MD fielding activities (p < 0.01, ES = 0.11-.30). OD bowling stimulated higher mean HR responses (143 ± 14 vs 137 ± 16 beats·min-1, p < 0.05, ES = 0.21) when compared to MD matches. This increase in OD cricket was evident for both between over (129 ± 9 vs 120 ± 13 beats·min-1,p < 0.01, ES = 0.11-0.50) and during fielding (115 ± 12 vs 106 ± 12 beats·min-1, p < 0.01, ES = 0.36) activity. The increased HR and ACC evident in OD matches suggest greater acute physical loads than MD formats. Therefore, use of wearable technology and the findings provided give a valuable appreciation of the differences in match loads, and thus required physiological preparation and recovery in fast-medium bowlers.

Key words: Wearable monitoring, physiological profiles, in-match data, technology

           Key Points
  • One Day cricket has a greater overall physical strain on fast-medium bowlers providing shorter time for recovery between bowling episodes in comparison to Multi Day format.
  • Wearable physiological monitoring technology can provide enhanced in-match workload monitoring replacing the need for simulated match-play environments.
  • Adopting a standard global approach when defining bowling and between over episodes has been provided permitting comparative analysis to occur between teams/players enhancing coaches understanding of performance.
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