Australian researchers have come up with an idea to reduce fast bowlers’ injuries and improve their performance by using submarine and guided missile technology.
The technology is known as ‘torpedo technology’ and the mighty Australians are using it to get prepared for their upcoming series against Sri Lanka.
Currently, the algorithm used in the wearables can only measure the number of deliveries and other similar incomplete information, but, the sports scientists at Australian Catholic University’s School of Exercise Science have developed a revolutionary algorithm that can give minor details such as the effort put in every delivery by the bowler.
The leading sports scientist and the co-author Dr, Tim Gabett revealed in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, “These ‘smart algorithms’ rely on the interaction of the accelerometers, magnetometers and gyroscopes housed within the wearable unit – the same technology used to navigate submarines, guided missiles and spacecraft,”
“Tagging individual balls with an intensity measure provides both immediate analysis such as identifying effort balls, or potentially a drop in performance due to fatigue, or longer term workload analysis,” he said.
According to the scientists, the effort of bowlers in a game of cricket varies a lot due to bowling six consecutive deliveries and different formats of the game, “Across the three forms of cricket (Test, one-dayers and T20), a bowler’s workload may vary from 60 to four overs,” Dr Gabbett said.
As per Dr. Gabbett, the introduction of T20 cricket has made it difficult for the coaches and trainers to measure bowlers’ effort, “Because of this varying workload and intensity, cricket provides a complex challenge for clinicians and coaches. Arguably, no other professional sport has experienced greater changes in competitive workload demands than cricket over the past 10 years; perhaps most specifically via the introduction of T20 cricket,” he said. “Progressing a bowler to a window of decreased injury likelihood requires workload to be viewed as a moving target. This is largely due to the varying formats of competition across the year.”