The effect of time of day on adolescent fast bowling performance: A pilot study

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Belinda C Campbell, Jonathan P Davy, Lee Pote and Candice J Christie 2022. The effect of time of day on adolescent fast bowling performance: A pilot study. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching. 18 (2), pp. 584-593. https://doi.org/10.1177/17479541221080630
AuthorsBelinda C Campbell, Jonathan P Davy, Lee Pote and Candice J Christie
Abstract

The game of cricket is played at various times of the day and no studies have investigated the time of day effects on perceptual, physical and performance measures of cricketers. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to focus on adolescent fast bowlers and their responses when bowling at different times of the day. First team, adolescent male fast bowlers (N = 5, Mean age 17.00 ± 0.55 years; stature 185.2 ± 6.5 cm and mass 86.06 ± 17.56 kg) were required to complete a fast-bowling simulation protocol whereby perceptual, physical and bowling-specific performance measures were tested at three different times of day (10:30, 14:30, 18:30). Over all the spells over one was significantly slower than all the other overs. There were no significant changes in bowling speed between the time intervals. However, there was a large increase in bowling speed at 14:30 compared to 10:30 (ES – 1.25) and a moderate increase in bowling speed (ES = 0.67) between 10:30 and 18:30. There was no significant change in accuracy at the different time intervals although it was best at 10:30 followed by 18:30 although the latter had a greater variance. In conclusion, this investigation found time of day did not significantly impact the responses, but the effects sizes show that bowling accuracy was worst at 14:30 despite the other parameters, such as speed of delivery, being best at this time, which may suggest a speed-accuracy trade-off. Additionally, both 10:30 and 18:30 were found to be times conducive to bowling performance with regards to accuracy.

Keywordscricket; physical performance ; time of day effects
Year2022
JournalInternational Journal of Sports Science & Coaching
Journal citation18 (2), pp. 584-593
PublisherSAGE Publications
ISSN2048-397X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/17479541221080630
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1177/17479541221080630
Output statusPublished
Publication dates15 Mar 2023
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