Cricket Injuries

August 9, 2015 | By | Reply

Cricket is one of the most popular sports in the world and by far the most popular bat-and-ball game played internationally. Ever wonder what are the common injuries in cricket players?

Common cricket injuries:

  • Injuries to the face and mouth
  • Tennis elbow
  • Muscle strains
  • Knee ligament injuries
  • Stress fractures
  • Calf tendon injuries
  • Sprained ankle
  • Hip joint injuries
  • Thrower’s elbow
  • Stubbed fingers
  • Shoulder injuries

Common factors leading to over-use injuries:

  • Training errors- abrupt changes in intensity, duration or frequency of training.
  • Musculotendinous imbalances of strength, flexibility or bulk.
  • Anatomic malalignment of the lower extremities.
  • Incorrect footwear
  • Playing surface
  • Associated injuries of the lower extremity

Tips to prevent injuries:

  • Have Your Technique Assessed
  • Have your bowling action and throwing technique assessed by an experienced physiotherapist in collaboration with your coach to ensure it is safe and efficient Work closely with them to improve your technique on a regular basis
  • Monitor your Bowling Workload
  • Keep a bowling diary of the number of balls you bowl throughout the week in both matches and at training
  • Try to avoid sudden increases in the amount of balls bowled per week or per session
  • For bone and tendon health, you need to maintain a safe and consistent weekly workload throughout the season, ideally bowling at a ratio of one day on and two days off.

Cricket specific fitness, conditioning and core stability:

  • As part of your training, ensure you spend enough time working on improving your cricket specific fitness such as Cricket specific strengthening. (Your physiotherapist can guide you based on detailed analysis of your body)
  • Core stability and proprioceptive exercises
  • Co-ordination
  • Flexibility and power
  • Repeated run through and agility drills

At PHYSIOREHAB, we can help you with a detailed cricket specific evaluation and suggest a program specific to prevent or treat your injuries.

Don’t let any injury stop you from achieving your dream or playing your favorite game!

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