Originally Posted by OhhhhMattyMatty
Too much emphasis on injury prevention and repeatable, robotic actions here for my liking. Too many people these days hear Paul Allott and Nick Knight talk about Glenn McGrath's action and think it is the only way. Let them bowl naturally now and then tighten up techniques and possible problems now and again in the future.
It's a difficult issue and there's no one right way to do it. If you see a teenage bowler with an action that you think is going to lead to serious problems do you try and tinker with it to reduce that risk? Yes, you do end up with your Malingas who can succeed with 'unorthodox' actions, but you also end up with Hamish Bennetts who have actions that are all over the place and cause serious injury. Shane Bond had a mixed action growing up and as a result had (IIRC) three stress fractures in his back by the time he was 21.
You can also go the other way and coach someone into doing something that doesn't feel right to them, and they'll do something else to try and compensate for it which can lead to just as many problems.