chapter  19
Grip force dynamics in cricket batting
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Previous review articles of scientific research in cricket have focused upon biomechanics and injuries in fast bowling (see Bartlett et al., 1996; Elliott et al., 1996 and Elliott, 2000 respectively), cricket injuries in general (Finch et al., 1999), and the physiological requirements of the game (Noakes and Durandt, 2000). Regarding batting in cricket, a recent review (i.e. Stretch et al., 2000) has argued that all the sub-disciplines of sports science are necessary to understand the mechanisms underpinning skilled performance. Crucially, the affinity between the biomechanics of movement patterns and the underlying motor control mechanisms appears to be the most important factor in understanding effective stroke production, but one that has yet to be fully explored. The ecological approach to the study of processes of perception and action offers a viable platform for integrating motor control and biomechanics in the study of dynamic interceptive actions in sport. This notion clearly advocates the need for multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary research, as prioritised by Stretch et al. (2000).