Hand and Eye Dominance in Sport: Are Cricket Batters Taught to Bat Back-to-Front?

Mann, David L. and Runswick, Oliver R. and Allen, Peter M. (2016) Hand and Eye Dominance in Sport: Are Cricket Batters Taught to Bat Back-to-Front? Sports Medicine. ISSN 1179-2035

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Abstract

Background When first learning to bimanually use a tool to hit a target (e.g., when chopping wood or hitting a golf ball), most people assume a stance that is dictated by their dominant hand. By convention, this means that a ‘right- handed’ or ‘left-handed’ stance that places the dominant hand closer to the striking end of the tool is adopted in many sports. Objective The aim of this study was to investigate whe- ther the conventional stance used for bimanual hitting provides the best chance of developing expertise in that task. Methods Our study included 43 professional (interna- tional/first-class) and 93 inexperienced ( \ 5 years’ experi- ence) cricket batsmen. We determined their batting stance (plus hand and eye dominance) to compare the proportion of batters who adopted a reversed stance when batting (that is, the opposite stance to that expected based on their handedness). Results We found that cricket batsmen who adopted a reversed stance had a stunning advantage, with professional batsmen 7.1 times more likely to adopt a reversed stance than inexperienced batsmen, independent of whether they batted right or left handed or the position of their dominant eye. Conclusion Findings imply that batsmen who adopt a conventional stance may inadvertently be batting ‘back-to- front’ and have a significant disadvantage in the game. Moreover, the results may generalize more widely, bring- ing into question the way in which other bimanual sporting actions are taught and performed

Item Type: Journal Article
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology
Depositing User: Mr I Walker
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2016 08:08
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2016 10:54
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/611340

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