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Moderate levels of hypohydration impairs bowling accuracy but not bowling velocity in skilled cricket players

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posted on 01.06.2001, 00:00 authored by L H Devlin, Steve FraserSteve Fraser, N S Barras, J A Hawley
The effects of exercise-induced hypohydration on the motor skill performance of cricket bowling was examined in seven medium-fast bowlers who performed a random order of two experimental trials. Trials consisted of a bowling test (36 deliveries; PREBOWL) in a thermoneutral (16+/-2 degrees C) environment followed by approximately 1 hr of intermittent exercise in a heated environment (28+/-2 degrees C) and a further thermoneutral bowling test (36 deliveries; POSTBOWL). During one trial fluid intake was restricted (HYPO) whereas in the other, subjects were forced to drink in an effort to maintain euhydration (EUH). During all bowling tests subjects were provided with a fixed target on a cricket pitch and the line, length, and velocity of each delivery was determined. Pre-trial hydration status was confirmed by similar body mass (BM; 89.5+/-13.7 vs. 88.9+/-13.4 kg) and haemoglobin concentration (15.0+/-0.8 vs. 14.8+/-0.8 g.100 ml(-1) for EUH and HYPO, respectively). BM loss was greater in HYPO than EUH (2.48+/-0.58 vs. 0.46+/-0.45 kg). Accordingly, the resultant hypohydration was higher after HYPO than EUH (2.78+/-0.49 vs. 0.47+/-0.41% of BM). Whereas HYPO had no effect on bowling velocity (102+/-4 vs. 105+/-8 km x h(-1)), univariate analyses revealed independent differences for both bowling line (2.9+/-0.5 vs 3.4+/-0.6, P<0.01) and length (2.9+/-0.5 vs 3.4+/-0.6, P<0.01) of delivery after HYPO. We conclude that moderate (-2.8% of BM) exercise-induced hypohydration has minimal effect on maximal bowling velocity, but there is a detrimental effect on skilled motor performance in well-trained subjects.

History

Journal

Journal of science and medicine sport

Volume

4

Issue

2

Pagination

179 - 187

Publisher

Elsevier

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISSN

1440-2440

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2001, Elsevier