Ten players from the national squads have been the first to undergo bio-mechanical testing in China’s new focus on sports science as a tool to improve their players’ performance.

Five men and five women have been tested in the Guangdong Sports Science centre under the watchful eye of Dr. Liu Jingmin and three others. ACC Development Officer for China Aminul Islam helped the scientists set up the sensors and cameras and national coaches Rashid Khan (men) and Mamatha Maben (women) were on hand to prepare the cricketers.

“The sensor mat on which the players bowled and batted is the longest in Asia and costs over a $1 million. The bowlers bowled six balls and the batsmen played their best six shots indoors and outdoors. The scientists used 3-D cameras at high and slow speed and analyzed balance, all types of force, speed, alignment, power etc. in the lab,” says Aminul. “Front-foot and back-foot weight distribution was measured for the batsmen, vertical forces were measured for the bowlers.”

Apart from being one of the most prominent sports scientists in China, Dr. Liu Jingmin is author of Banqiujichujiaocheng. a Cricket Coaching Manual in Mandarin, and a Level II certified Umpire. “My aim is for China to be a successful cricket nation,” he says. After recording the results, Dr. Liu’s team compared data with Australia’s elite players and provided feedback to the national coaches.

Some initial findings:

“The Chinese fast bowlers ground reaction force variables are less than the foreign elite players.”

“The capacity of China’s fastest male bowler (an 18-year old) is better than foreign females but less than males.”

“China’s fastest woman bowler is very close to Australia elite females.”

“Time to peak vertical GRF of Chinese blowers is longer than elite players.”

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A professional baseball coach has joined the national training camp in Shenzhen as a physical trainer. His role is to improve players’ fitness, throwing technique, upper body flexibility, speed, agility and mobility. At the camp. the players’ day lasts from 6.30 AM to 5.45 PM, Tuesday to Saturday.

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Filed Feb 4th, 2010