With the new cricket season just around the corner and nets practice already underway (Bedale, Thirsk, Darlington and Northallerton), I thought I’d share a few pointers on cricket related injuries and their prevention.
A International SportMed Journal Review (2001) found that most cricket injuries (33-66%) occur during bowling and most were acute (sudden onset) rather than acute on chronic or chronic. The study found that 24-30% of the injuries were recurrent from the previous season and 23-37% reoccurred within the same season. Other studies have shown that younger teams members are more at risk of injury when fast bowling. Therefore, the most at risk members of the team are the young, elite fast bowlers.
Below are three key tips to help prevent injuries in cricket?
1. Preseason training is key making sure that you gradually build up your pace, allowing your body to adjust after the off season.
2. Flexibility and stability exercises for the shoulder can help and should be a part of you preseason conditioning programme.
3. You need to address any injuries that are still niggling from last season, so you performance is not affected in the next.
The above tips assume that the correct protective equipment is worn. An article in the British Journal of Sports Medicine (2008), showed that head injuries in junior cricket dropped from 35% to just 4% of all injuries in the 2004/05 season after wearing helmets became mandatory.
I hope the above helps and you have a great season!
1. Shaw, F and Finch, CF (2008). Injuries to junior club cricketers: the effect of helmet regulations. Br J of Sports Medicine, 42, 437-440.
2. Stretc£h, RA (2001). Epidemiology of cricket injuries. International SportMed Journal , 2:2, 1-7.