Contemporary practices of strength and conditioning coaches in professional cricket
Flexibility, plyometrics, power, rating of perceived exertion, resistance training, speed
This study describes the contemporary practices of strength and conditioning (S&C) coaches in male professional cricket. Thirty-three S&C coaches working with international and professional club teams across seven countries completed an online survey. The survey consisted of 45 questions (35 fixed responses and 10 open-ended), with eight sections: (a) background information, (b) muscular strength and power development, (c) speed development, (d) plyometrics, (e) flexibility development, (f) physical testing, (g) technology use, and (h) programing. Most S&C coaches were educated to degree level (97%) or higher, with 91% of degrees being in a sports science-related field. Furthermore, 73% held S&C and 40% cricket coaching certifications. Isometric type resistance training exercises (94%) were frequently programed by S&C coaches, with squats and deadlifts (including variations) deemed the most important strength development exercises. Ratings of perceived exertion (58%) was most used for determining set loads. Hang clean (64%) and multiple hops/lunges (85%) were the most prescribed Olympic weightlifting and plyometric exercises. Speed gates (85%) were the most used technology-based equipment. Open-ended questions revealed, 45% of S&C coaches believed time constraints, scheduling and fixtures are the main issues faced in their role. Position-specific demands (61%) was the predominant method used for individualizing players training strategies. The information presented in this study is valuable for those pursuing or currently working as an S&C coach in professional cricket to align, compare, and explain their practices. Furthermore, will provide insight for the wider athlete support team (e.g., sports coaches and physiotherapists) on the practices of S&C coaches.
International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching
Weldon, A.,Duncan, M.,Turner, A.,Christie, C.,& Pang, C. (2021). Contemporary practices of strength and conditioning coaches in professional cricket. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 16 (3), 585-600. http://dx.doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1177/1747954120977472