Could a wearable solve one of cricket’s biggest worries? As anyone who has been watching cricket knows, fast bowlers are highly prone to injuries. And the Australian cricket team has now got a wearable that aims to keep these pacers injury-free and fit as fiddles.
Australia has no shortage of fast bowlers, but injuries are still commonplace. But thanks to a sports science division at the Australian Catholic University, they could benefit from an algorithm that combines submarine tech with guided missile technology and spacecrafts. What? Yes, this cricket wearable is able to monitor the increased workload that a fast bowler goes through even as they fly to different venues and show their skills across a wide range of formats.
The ‘torpedo technology’ in this cricket wearable is accompanied by a more traditional accelerometer, a gyroscope and magnetometer motion sensors to help detect the delivery of the ball and measure the bowling intensity. ACU’s Dean McNamara is quoted as saying. “Tagging individual balls with an intensity measure provides both immediate analysis such as identifying effort balls, or potentially a drop in performance due to fatigue, or longer term workload analysis.”
This tech is also being employed by the Wales Rugby Union team. As we already know fast bowlers run an immense amount during a cricket match, not only for bowling, but also during fielding, and for those who are decent with the bat, during their stay at the crease. So a wearable will allow them to adjust their intensity depending on the match situation and not force them to go full-tilt at all times.