With the Summer months here, for many of us our Christmas holidays are just around the corner. You may be more than likely taking part in a game of backyard or beach cricket. The last thing that you want is an injury during the festive season.
Some facts about injuries in Cricket
Bowlers, especially fast bowlers, are much more prone to injuries than batsmen. Whilst bowling, fast bowlers go through a spinal rotation, side flexion and extension in a fraction of time. With 9 times their body weight being absorbed by the body this adds a lot of abnormal stresses to our skeletal structure.
Needless to say, faulty body mechanics make Cricketers much more prone to lower back injuries than the rest of us.
Fast bowlers, especially those that are less than 25yrs old, have been found to have more incidences of lower back stress injuries.
Lower back stress injuries begin with a gradual onset of pain in the lower back, on the opposite side to the bowling arm and need to be thoroughly assessed.
Apart from the lower back the shoulders and ankles are other parts of the body where Cricketers suffer from injuries.
Needless to mention, the training load also has a direct impact on those parts of the body and the chance of sustaining an injury.
Reducing the incidence of an injury
If you play Cricket, there may not be a way to prevent an injury altogether. However, it is possible to reduce the incidence of an injury with proper screening before the season’s training begins.
Your Physio can do this by screening and assessing susceptible body areas, such as your hip, shoulder complex, ankle and hip rotation range. A thorough assessment of your training loads can identify risks and may point to changing training methods.
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This blog was written by Nandini, Physio from the Parkside practice.