QUESTION FROM JOSH
I’m a right arm bowler and every time I bowl, my lower back (left side) aches after a while and I struggle to bowl at full pace. Do you have any stretches/exercises to help my problem?
Without seeing your action, it’s hard for me to determine whether your technique is putting unnecessary tension on your lower back. However, what I can say is that you should consider strengthening your back and core muscles. The fact that your aches appear after a while suggests to me that you’re unable to sustain the impact of bowling longer spells. The forces generated by a fast bowler are extreme and if you have any muscular weaknesses, you will know about it!
Another thing to consider is building up your bowling loads in practice so that your body gets accustomed to long bowling. This is something a lot of the fast bowlers on the ECB Pace Programme told us – please look out for those podcasts.
In terms of stretches, you should always stretch dynamically before bowling. Fast bowling is an explosive, unnatural movement and you want to make sure your body is fired up before you get into full flow. In our next episode with Tino Best (out Wednesday Aug 22), he speaks about warm-ups and how to avoid a tight back so please make sure you look out for that!
I hope that helps.
All the best.
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