Background: Throwing is important in cricket to return the ball from the field after it has been hit, to reduce the runs scored by the opponent. Resistance exercises and plyometric trainings are typical weight training methods for increasing muscle strength of players. Plyometric training uses the physiological phenomenon of a stretch-shortening cycle to enhance the ability of the neuromuscular system to generate maximal force in shortest possible time. The objective of this study was to evaluate and compare the effectiveness of elastic band exercises and plyometric exercises on distance of throwing in amateur cricket players. Methodology: 40 subjects were included who met the inclusion criteria (20 in each group). Pre intervention throwing distance was measured for both the groups. Both the groups received exercises for thrice a week for 6 weeks. Post intervention throwing distance was measured after 6 weeks. Results: The mean age for the plyometric group was calculated to be 21.05±2.31, and for the elastic band group was 20.45±2.44. Data were analysed for throwing distance for both the groups. This study shows that the plyometric group was more effective in improving the throwing distance than the elastic band group with a significant mean and SD of throwing distance (32.90±2.50, 30.82±2.84) respectively. Conclusion: Individually both the groups were found to be effective in improving the throwing distance. However, when both groups were compared, there was a significant improvement in the plyometric group with greater mean and SD than the elastic band group.
Ritwik Rupam Kheria, Nayana Sambrani, Chaitra Bhat. Efficacy of plyometrics versus elastic band exercises on distance of throwing in amateur cricket players. International Journal of Yoga, Physiotherapy and Physical Education, Volume 7, Issue 2, 2022, Pages 65-68