Youth Pace Bowling Guidelines 🏏 ☀️
I know we are all keen beans to get back to sport, but for those fast bowlers amongst us, slow down a second 😉
Adolescent fast bowlers are more at risk of lumbar (lower back) stress injuries and how many balls you bowl per week for your AGE is very important! Now more than any other season we have the potential to overdo it given the lack of sport over winter.
As researched by Cricket Australia: ‘the frequency of bowling sessions (more sessions per week and less time between sessions) increases the risk of developing a lumbar stress fracture. This was a more prominent risk factor than the number of balls bowled’
🌟Guidelines for U/11’s through to U/19’s🌟
-Avoid bowling more than 2 days in a row where possible
-Avoid bowling more than 4 days in a week
-Allow one easy week (eg: 50% of target load) every 4-5 weeks
-Schedule a week off bowling after every 10-12 weeks of bowling to allow your body to recover
🏏 For further information on how many overs/match and ball/week fast bowlers in each age group should aim for see:
🏏 For an in depth overview for elite level junior athletes:
Any questions or any early concerns of back pain in bowlers, should be addressed by your healthcare professional ASAP!
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