A kinematic analysis of ten-pin bowling technique

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Introduction: Research in ten-pin bowling is mostly limited to the the equipment. Few studies have
investigated the kinematics behind the bowling technique, therefore the aim of the current study was
to provide a better understanding of the modern bowling technique. Methods: Nine danish elite male
bowlers were recruited (Mean±SD, age: 27.3 ± 6.1 years; body mass: 84.5 ± 10.1 kg) to perform 20
bowling strokes. Kinematic data was recorded using a Xsens MVN link 3D motion capture system.
Results: The Xsens MVN link was successfully used to collect kinematic data of the bowling technique.
Analysis of the bowling throw: The analysis showed that the bowlers delivered the ball after the lowest
point of the body. knee and hip joints were extended prior to ball release causing the body to move upwards.
Further, the analysis revealed that elite bowlers are highly consistent in their movements. However, further
research is needed to fully clarify the bowling technique.
Event title14th IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging, ISBI 2017
Event typeConference
LocationMelbourne, Australia


  • Ten pin bowling
  • Kinematics
  • Xsens