Correlations of Anthropometric Measurement and Handgrip Strength between Collegiate Cricket Fast and Spin Bowlers
Keywords:Anthropometry, dynamometer, hand grip strength, male bowler, cricket.
Background: More dimensions in anthropometric variables and dominance of the hand aid in bowler’s
success and is easier for coaches/teams to pick and hire on the basis of fast and spin bowlers. Little is
known to date on the relationship between anthropometric measures and handgrip power in collegiate
bowlers. Present study is an attempt to quantify the handgrip power of collegiate male cricketers, and
to explore its correlations with some selected anthropometric variables.
Methods: Forty fast and 37 spin bowlers, aged between 20-25 years (mean age= 22.7±1.2 years) were
selected from match practice group of different colleges in Rahata taluka, Maharashtra. Body height
and mass were measured to calculate body mass index. Handgrip strength was measured with standard
dynamometer. Statistical analysis was carried out for each variable and independent t-test was used to
analyze differences between the two groups. Pearson’s correlation coefficient test was done to obtain
relationship between handgrip strength and selected anthropomorphic variables. The significance was
set at 0.05.
Conclusion: Anthropometric variables were directly related to handgrip strength among bowlers in
this study. Forearm lengths of spinners were longer than fast bowlers. Handgrip strength was more in
dominant hand and spinners had more handgrip strength than fast bowlers. These parameters will help
in future for talent identification in handgrip-related sports and/or clinical settings.
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