Prevention & Treatment of Common Cricket Injuries

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The threat of sustaining an injury is an ever-present concern in the sports world. The human body is capable of achieving amazing feats, but the further it’s pushed, the more vulnerable it is to getting hurt. Cricket is popular in Australia and, while it may appear easy going and slow-paced, it comes with its fair share of injuries for players.

As with injuries from any sporting activity, there are ways to prevent and treat cricket injuries. The type of technique, equipment or practice methods applied by cricket players can mean the difference between recovery and a lifetime on the bench. Here is some essential information on cricket injuries in Australia and how they can be managed effectively for players.

The Most Common Cricket Injuries in Australia

Although cricket is not a contact sport, injuries can and do occur, often due to overuse.  Players can experience injuries to any part of the body and as cricket is often played in the heat, players and spectators need to be protected from dehydration, sunburn and heat stress.

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Top 5 Cricket Injuries Experienced By Players in the 2016/2017 Australian Cricket Season

 
Concussion

A blow to the head can cause consistent headaches, disorientation, extreme fatigue and many other symptoms. A player that’s been hit by a ball in the face or head may require hospital treatment.

Pulled hamstring

thigh and hamstring injuries vary regarding how severe they can get. They are usually characterised by sudden pain and contractions in the hamstring.

Lower back injuries

fast bowlers are the most susceptible to lumbar spine stress fractures, which means that one or more vertebrae have been fractured. This type of injury causes strain and continuous lower back pain.

Shoulder strain

from tears to dislocations, both batsmen and bowlers are vulnerable to shoulder injuries. The damaging impact could limit one’s ability to rotate an arm, causing sharp pain and a tight straining feeling.

Bone fractures

impact injuries in cricket can result in fractured fingers and hands. It’s painful and may require medication, surgery and physical therapy for recovery.

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Prevention Is Better Than Trying to Cure A Cricket Injury

Avoiding getting hurt while playing cricket is a priority because prevention is always better than cure. Here are a few tips for preventing injuries from occurring.

  • Development of prevention strategies before you begin playing cricket
 
Injuries in The Upper Limbs:
  • Tennis Elbow – overuse of the tendons and muscles in the elbow region can lead to inflammation and pain because of the strain.
  • Sprained Wrist – wrists are at risk of overuse because they’re key to the directional movement of the racket. Tennis injuries in the wrist can be limiting and painful.
  • Impingement Syndrome – this term is often used interchangeably with “rotator cuff tendonitis”, which refers to tennis injuries in the shoulder blade. This kind of strain makes it nearly impossible to move your arms overhead.
Injuries in The Lower Limbs:
  • Knee Strain – tennis players run in different directions without warning, taking the knees by surprise. This causes painful inflammation and unsteadiness in the kneecaps.
  • Strained Hamstring, Calf & Achilles Tendon – this injury manifests as tightness and pain. A strained hamstring creates pain in your thigh, while the others create calf pain.
Non-Limb Injuries:
  • Back Pain – Back muscles are a core power source when serving and this can take its toll, resulting in stiffness, pulling and tightness.

Visit your physiotherapist to complete a body assessment and develop a strategy to prevent the likelihood of an injury occurring.  These will include

  • An assessment of your movement patterns and movement faults
  • Analysis of weaknesses in your body tension caused by overuse
  • Screening tests
  • Correction and strengthening exercises
  • Exercise therapy
  • Joint mobilisation and taping techniques
  • Stretching techniques
  • Tips for ultimate performance & perfecting your technique
  • Advice on shoes, equipment, gradual return to sport etc
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Wear All Safety Equipment:

Cricket safety gear and clothing worn must be worn and tailored to each player. Always wear shin pads, gloves, arm guards and custom shoes for cricket. Add a helmet to protect your face and head if you’ll be batting, fielding or wicket keeping, where the ball is in close proximity.

Physical Preparation:

Right before and immediately after matches, players should warm-up their bodies and stretch their muscles. This minimises the possibility of muscle pulls and other injuries.

Take Practice Seriously:

A commitment to learning and perfecting bowling, batting and fielding techniques will reduce your likelihood of getting injured considerably.

 

Treatment for Cricket Injuries

Once an injury happens, an assessment must be conducted as soon as possible. This will inform the next steps regarding treatment. The recovery process for a cricket injury may include:

  • A referral to a hospital for further medical treatment;
  • Visit to a specialist, such as a physiotherapist, for a specialised treatment programme; and
  • Continuous medical treatment and cricket rehabilitation efforts to ensure a full recovery

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If you are currently looking for a Myofascial Release Treatment, sports injury prevention assessment, injured from playing cricket or looking to optimise your sports performance, book online for a consultation with our specialist sports physiotherapists Christina & Naren or call us on (07) 3278 1186 and we can tailor a treatment plan to suit your specific needs.

 

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Once an injury happens, an assessment must be conducted as soon as possible. This will inform the next steps regarding treatment. The recovery process for a cricket injury may include:

  • A referral to a hospital for further medical treatment;
  • Visit to a specialist, such as a physiotherapist, for a specialised treatment programme; and
  • Continuous medical treatment and cricket rehabilitation efforts to ensure a full recovery

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