Cricket

Common Problem

 

From batsmen to bowlers to wicketkeepers and outfielders, injuries are an all-too common problem affecting cricketers, both young and old.

 

Age is an important factor when determining injury cause, with growth-related injury affecting younger players, and overuse or degenerative injuries affecting the older player.

 

All age-groups are affected by traumatic injuries, such as sprained ankles and pulled hamstrings, but there are some simple things you can do to reduce the likelihood of picking up one of these annoying problems

Pre-Season Preparation

  • dont rush into the season - make sure you spend some time working on your strength and fitness before the season begins
  • you can't go wrong by being strong!

 

Warm Up

  • before you bowl or bat, get the heart rate up a little, and get some blood into those legs and arms
  • focus on movement, not static stretching - you will reduce your power if you stretch too much before you play

 

 

Stretch (but you just said..?)

  • Improving your joint range of movement helps maximise your mechanical advantage, especially as a bowler
  • this type of stretching should be done after you've played, though - stretches of 30 seconds can reduce your muscle power for over an hour after the stretch
  Common Injuries
Shoulder:  
Impingement  
SLAP Lesion  
Rotator Cuff Tear  
Rotator Cuff Tendinitis  
Dislocation  
Biceps Tendinitis  
   
Lower Back  
Stress Fracture  
Disc Prolapse  
   
Hip and Thigh  
Groin Strain  
Hamstring Strain  
Quads Strain  
   
Knee and Leg:  
Patellar Tendinopathy  
Fat Pad Impingement  
Patellofemoral Joint Pain  
Calf Strain  
   
Ankle and Foot:  
Sprained Ankle  
Ankle Impingement  
Achilles Tendinopathy  
   
   
   
   
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