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Coasting : Issue 3 2009
10 By DAVID STEWART SLAM ball A fast bowler’s best medicine Exercise physiologist Matt Hardy of Oxigenhealth at Erina demonstrates an exercise that promises to give every fast bowler that outside edge this season. D EVELOPING explosive strength in the core (abdominals), back, chest and shoulders is vital for all fast bowlers. Apart from equipping the bowler with the tools to turn up the heat on a batsman, having strength in these parts of your body is also important for preventing injury. Matt Hardy of Oxigenhealth at Erina (phone 43676433) demonstrates how a regular workout with a medicine ball can be just as handy for a fast bowler as a net session with a new cricket ball. STEP 1 Stand with soft knees and a medicine ball held straight above your head. Rise up onto your toes to begin the exercise sequence… STEP 3 If you execute this move correctly the ball will bounce up to about chest height where you can catch it and repeat the sequence. At fi rst, aim to complete four sets of six to eight slams before taking a 30-second break. Gradually build to six sets before resting. STEP 2 Now squat and slam the ball with an explosive downward motion.
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