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NCA discusses use of heavy bats

Bangalore: Heavy bats and their resultant burden on cricketers, especially children, was discussed threadbare recently at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) during the course of the specialists coaching camp.

In a release on Thursday, the NCA Director, Dav Whatmore, aired the concerns of his fellow-experts.

Sandeep Dahad, a Level ‘C’ coach from Jalgaon, said that cost-factor involved in buying bats forces parents to opt for the heavier ones so that they will last long but this results in a flawed technique that lays stress on the bottom-hand.

Another coach K.V. P. Rao from Jharkhand mentioned his visits to bat manufacturers and their refrain that “light bats might break faster.”

Bio-mechanist Dr. Rene Ferdinands said heavy bats affect technique as well as strain the wrong muscle group and could lead to injuries like tennis-elbow. A high-speed motion analysis equipment, used in places like Australia and New Zealand might prove useful in India, said Dr. Ferdinands. — Principal Correspondent

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