Dr. Rene Ferdinands is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Waikato, where he conducts specialised cricket research for New Zealand Cricket. His research includes extensive three-dimensional fast motion analysis of elite cricketers, the dynamics simulation of bowling models, the optimisation of batting and bowling techniques, and the mechanics of injury prevention in fast bowlers.
Dr. Ferdinands completed both his MSc and PhD on the biomechanics of cricket using sophisticated modelling techniques, and has presented his research at countless conferences throughout the world. Dr. Ferdinands has also an extensive cricket background having played first-class cricket in New Zealand.
Originally based in Australia, he represented the Australian U/16 and Victorian U/19 cricket teams as a junior, and then played ten years of grade cricket in Melbourne. He was taught by the great Sir Garfield Sobers, who was his coach for 8 years. Hence, Dr. Ferdinands was influenced to perform as an all-rounder, opening the batting, and bowling all major modes of delivery - med-fast, wrist-spin, and finger-spin. Dr. Ferdinands specialises as a cricket biomechanics coach, and is highly qualified to perform such a service.
Though primarily contracted to work with New Zealand Cricket, he still acts as an international technical consultant on all aspects of cricket technique with clients in various parts of the world. His overall aim is to improve cricket performance by advocating scientific coaching principles. He also educates coaches on the biomechanics of cricket technique with an introduction to formal scientific analysis. Dr. Ferdinands is considered to be one of the world's authorities on the biomechanics of cricket.
Here is a list of articles on this site that Rene has written or is a co-author of:-
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