Cricket and golf biomechanics

Summary

This project is a cluster of available studies on sports biomechanics with partucular emphasis on cricket and golf:

  • Segment velocity contribution in cricket bowling 
  • Power flow analysis of injury susceptible bowling actions 
  • Three-dimensional kinematics and lower lumbar kinetics analysis of the golf swing
  • Upper body kinetics analysis of the golf swing 
  • Biomechanics analysis of cricket batting drives 
  • Biomechanics analysis of cricket throwing and baseball pitching
  • EEG, attention and golf putting mechanics 
  • EEG and focussing strategies of elite cricket batters 
  • Kinematics and kinetics analysis of kicking in soccer, rugby and AFL football
  • Kinematics and kinetics analysis of tennis serve, forehand and backhand strokes

Supervisor(s)

Dr Edouard Rene Ferdinands

Research Location

Exercise, Health and Performance Research Group

Program Type

Masters/PHD

Synopsis

The cluster of projects requires the kinematics and kinetics analysis of sports techniques with a particular specialisation in cricket and golf. However, biomechanics projects in soccer, rugby and tennis are also available. Most projects share a similar methodology. The subjects are filmed using fourteen Motion Analysis Falcon High Resolution cameras (240 Hz) placed around the subject so that the field of view is sufficient to capture the performance area of the trials. Forty-eight to fifty-six reflective markers are strategically placed on the joints and segments of the subject. An EVa 3D motion analysis system (Motion Analysis Corporation Ltd.) is used to track and analyse the movement trajectory of these markers. The three-dimensional kinematics of all the major body segments are calculated. Typically subjects would perform trials while making front and rear foot contact on a separate force platform. The smoothed kinematics data and ground reaction force data are fed as input into a fifteen three-dimensional inverse solution model of the human body. Models will be developed in Mathematica (Version 6.0), Kintrak (Version 6.2) or Matlab (Version 7.0), which assist in the analysis and design of spatial rigid body mechanisms. Finally, selected kinetic and kinematics output data are used in the standard segment power calculations. For the projects involving attention states, electroencephalography (EEG) is used in conjunction with the motion analysis capture. Kinematics, kinetics, power data and EEG are used to identify the performance and attention state characteristics of elite performers, investigate feasible causal mechanisms of injury, and provide a biomechanical basis of prescribed techniques. All projects have the support of either elite state of national sporting organisations.
 

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Keywords

Back injury, spondylolysis, spondylolisthesis, shoulder counter-rotation, crunch factor, anxiety, sport psychology, yips, Biomechanics, kinematics, kinetics, power cricket, batting, bowling, fielding, throwing mechanics, golf, driving, putting, electroencephalography, EEG, technique, Movement disorders, Health & lifestyle, Human body, Movement, fast bowling, spin bowling, swing bowling, kicking, rugby, soccer, side-kick, instep kick, tennis, serve, forehand, backhand

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 87