Contemporary practices of strength and conditioning coaches in professional cricket

Weldon, Anthony, Duncan, Michael J., Turner, Anthony N. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5121-432X, Candice, Christie J. and Pang, Ceclia M. C. (2020) Contemporary practices of strength and conditioning coaches in professional cricket. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching . ISSN 1747-9541 [Article] (Published online first) (doi:10.1177/1747954120977472)

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Abstract

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. Whereas, 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 a S&C coach in professional cricket to align, compare and explain their practices. Furthermore, will provide insight for the wider athlete support team (i.e., sports coaches, physiotherapists) on the practices of S&C coaches.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > London Sport Institute > Strength and Conditioning at the London Sport Institute
Item ID: 31399
Notes on copyright: This accepted manuscript of: Weldon A, Duncan MJ, Turner A, Christie CJ, Pang CM. Contemporary practices of strength and conditioning coaches in professional cricket. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching. December 2020. Copyright © 2020 The author(s) doi:10.1177/1747954120977472
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Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2020 08:52
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2021 04:55
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/31399

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