The life of a cricket player has developed immensely over the years, with players now able to make a full time career of playing cricket professionally around the world and in different formats.
Today, elite players have a physically intense and arduous schedule compared to many of their predecessors, playing more matches in a wider range of formats in different locations, both nationally and internationally.
To ensure that these elite athletes can cope with their playing schedule, many national cricketing bodies have developed scientific programs that mesh sports science and cricket together. These programs aim to understand and develop healthier, fitter, stronger athletes to draw the most from each player.
Cricket Australia is just one example of this – the Cricket Australia (CA) Centre of Excellence in Brisbane, Australia. The CA Centre of Excellence is focused on four components:
- Player Development Unit
- Sport Science Sport Medicine Unit
- Information and Resource Centre
- Coaching, Umpiring, administration and Curator development