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Honours Research: Shannon Proctor

Date Released: Tue, 29 September 2015 08:19 +0200

This is an important question to ask as comparatively little is known about the effects of fast bowling, particularly in younger male cricketers. Understanding the fatigue that develops after a few overs of bowling will contribute to our understanding of the development of injury: and if we understand this, then sport scientists and coaches alike can develop training protocols for younger cricketers to prevent injury development, facilitating longer and healthier cricket playing careers.


Shannon required her participants to bowl ten overs in total. After each over she obtained measures of perceived exertion, body discomfort, heart rate and lower limb power output. A demanding protocol, not least because in between bowling overs the players performed a fielding simulation, just to ensure that the legs were well and truly pushed to their limits! Thanks go to Kingswood College for the use of their High Performance Centre indoor facility, which offers top quality facilities for indoor training.


Shannon’s project received ethical clearance from the Rhodes University Ethical Standards Committee for research involving human participants, and she is supervised by Professor Candice Christie.

Participants in action at the High Performance Centre, Kingswood College.