Director of Madibaz Sport Dr Richard Stretch has achieved a half-century – with his 50th peer-reviewed scientific publication on the eve of a year-long research sabbatical.
Dr Stretch’s research over the past 25 years has primarily been towards the enhancement of cricket. This is why during his break from the day-to-day running of an increasingly busy and successful Sport Bureau, he will continue his research into sports injuries in young cricketers.
So it’s 50 not out …
To date his articles have been published in a variety of international journals including sport science, sports medicine, medical, engineering, physical education, optometry, sport performance analysis, sport biomechanics and sport coaching.
In addition, Dr Stretch has conducted Biomechanics and Injury Prevention in Cricket workshops in South Africa, West Indies (Jamaica), Bermuda and India. He has served on the editorial board of a number of scientific journals, regularly reviews manuscripts for international sport science and sports medicine journals, served as an examiner for Masters and Doctoral studies for local, Australian, New Zealand and UK universities.
He is a NRF C1-rated researched, having received his first rating about 10 years ago.
His love for cricket began as a player for Border. He captained the South African Country Districts Cricket team for a number of years. He also served on the Border Cricket Board, with a three year term as president, the EP Cricket Board, as well as the South African Cricket Medical Committee and the Research Committee (Chairperson) for a number of years.
In addition, Dr Stretch is Chairperson of the Cricket section of the World Commission of Sport Science and has been responsible for the organisation of last four of the World Congress of Science and Medicine in Cricket, always held to coincide with the Cricket World Cup.
The focus of his cricket research is mainly in the following areas:
- Performance enhancement strategies,
- Cricket injury prevention, and
- Development of cricket equipment (bats, helmets and pads, etc.).
Submitted by: Roslyn Baatjies on behalf of NMMU.
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