About Dr Edouard Rene Ferdinands

Dr. Ferdinands is a sports biomechanics who aims to develop optimal techniques to assist in the development of world-class athletes. He has projects available for cricket, golf, soccer, rugby and tennis. All projects will be supported by elite state or national sporting organisations.

Dr. Ferdinands has particular expertise in the biomechanics analysis of cricket and golf techniques.

Dr. Ferdinands is also considered a leading expert in cricket biomechanics. He currently holds two research grants from Cricket Australia Ltd. to investigate biomechanics of fast bowling performance and injury susceptibility. He has extensive research experience in the three-dimensional kinematics and kinetics analysis of bowling in cricket. During his PhD, he developed the first three-dimensional kinetics model of bowling in cricket. He also completed a post-doctoral project funded by New Zealand Cricket to develop a forward solutions model of bowling that simulates bowling actions that are less likely to induce back injury. Dr. Ferdinands also made an important scientific contribution to the justification of the 15-degree elbow extension tolerance to determine bowling action legality by performing the first laboratory studies (with Dr. Kersting) that invalidated the original tiered range of elbow extension angles dependent on bowling speed and spin. Dr. Ferdinands is also the first to examine lower lumbar injury risk factors in fast bowlers with respect to power flow analysis. Dr. Ferdinands was a professional cricketer, having played first class cricket in New Zealand, and is also a professional cricket coach. He currently coaches the Western Suburbs cricket team in Sydney, and is currently editor of the Cricket Coaching Information service for the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports. He also performs as an international consultant in the areas of cricket coaching and biomechanics. He provides a comprehensive service by combining cricket biomechanics with insights from his playing and coaching experience. Dr. Ferdinands also specialises in golf biomechanics, and was the first to develop a full body three-dimensional kinetics and power flow model of the golfer. He was invited to lead a seminar on golf biomechanics at the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports in Ottawa in 2004. He presented a prototype swing model that potentially reduces lower lumbar stresses. He is working on evaluating his model to write a mechanical and technical treatise on the golf swing. Dr. Ferdinands heads the cricket, golf and kicking biomechanics programmes at the University of Sydney. However, he is also a general sports biomechanics who is prepared to analyse the complex motions of other sports either from a performance or clinical perspective. He currently supervises Honours and PhD students in biomechanics research projects on cricket bowling, cricket batting, throwing, baseball batting, baseball pitching, golf swing, putting and EEG, pistol shooting and soccer. He also has biomechanics projects available in tennis (serve, forehand and backhand) and rugby.

Selected publications

  • Ferdinands, R.E.D., Kersting, U., Marshall, R.N. & Stuelcken, M. (2010). Distribution of modern cricket bowling actions in New Zealand. European Journal of Sports Science, 10(3), 179-190.
  • Ferdinands, R.E.D., Kersting, U. and Marshall, R.M. (2008). A Preliminary Forward Solution Model of Cricket Bowling. International Journal of Sports Science & Engineering, 2(4), 211-215.
  • Freeston, J., Rooney, K. & Ferdinands, R.E.D. (2007). Throwing velocity and accuracy in elite and sub-elite cricket players - A descriptive study. European Journal of Sports Science, 7(4), 231-237.
  • Ferdinands, R.E.D., Marshall, R.N., Round, H., and Broughan, K.A. (2007). An inverse/forward solution model of bowling in cricket. Computer Simulation in Biomechanics, Sydney University Publishing (in press).
  • Ferdinands, R.E.D., Kersting, U. and Marshall, B. (2007). Biomechanical criteria for the specification of a new bowling law in cricket. Sports Biomechanics (in press).
  • Marshall, R.N. and Ferdinands, R.E.D. (2005). Biomechanics of the elbow in cricket bowling. International SportMed Journal, 6(1), 1-6.
  • Ferdinands, R.E.D. and Kersting, U. 2004. Elbow angle extension and implications for the legality of the bowling action in cricket. In Proceedings of the Fifth Australasian Biomechanics Conference, University of Sydney, Sydney, pp. 26-27.
  • Ferdinands, R.E.D. and Kersting, U. 2004. Three-dimensional dynamics and EMG of the golf swing. In Proceedings of the Fifth Australasian Biomechanics Conference, University of Sydney, Sydney, pp. 16-17.
  • Ferdinands, R.E.D. and Marshall, B. 2004. Bowling arm mechanics in cricket. In Proceedings of the XXII International Symposium on Biomechanics in Sports, edited by Lamontagne, M., Robertson, D.G.E., and Sveistrup, H. (Ottawa: Faculty of Health Sciences) University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada, p. 202-205.
  • Ferdinands, R.E.D. 2004. Golf Swing Mechanics: The Path to the Future Golf Swing. In Proceedings of the XXII International Symposium on Biomechanics in Sports, edited by Lamontagne, M., Robertson, D.G.E., and Sveistrup, H. (Ottawa: Faculty of Health Sciences) University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada, pp. 279-283.