Boom Bust – Cricket

On average, 9% of crickets have an injury of some sort at any one time, although in fast bowlers 15% are injured at any given time. Therefore, chronic injuries in cricket are common at all levels. The pressures of squad selection whether it be at a social, amateur or professional level can contribute to players been selected if they are carrying an injury. Niggles can soon develop into full blown injures in cricket due to the repetitive nature of the sport in competition and in training.

There are very different physical demands involved in different types of cricket, which has meant the injury profile is slightly different between 5 day test matches, weekend to 4 day matches and one day matches. The launch of Twenty20 cricket has placed a new physical requirement on cricketers but it is difficult and too early to analyse the effects of these demands in sport injury research.

Lower back pain is particularly prevalent among young fast bowlers. The repetitive action of bowling for long spells places excessive stress on soft tissues, cause stress fractures of the vertebrae inducing conditions such as spondylolysis or spondylolisthesis.

Research has indicated that muscle injures such as hamstring and side strains are the most common cricket injures. These are due to the functional demands of the sport where occasional sprinting and ball throwing maybe repeated over a 7 hour day.

Common Cricket related injuries

  • AC Joint injury
  • Achilles Tendon rupture
  • ACL injury
  • Ankle ligament damage
  • Lower back muscle strain
  • Lower limb muscle strains
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Shoulder impingement syndrome
  • Knee ligament damage
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Finger, hand and wrist fractures

How to resolve/treat these issues using the Boom-Bust theory

  • Take note of the previously issued blog about the cycling boom-bust theory and apply the same principles regarding physiotherapy lead treatment and advice.

Furthermore it is important implement preventative strategies to main your health and homeostasis.

Preventative strategies

  • Core stability control
  • Normal muscle length and strength ratios
  • Dynamic neural tissue mobility
  • Specific strengthening to large and regularly used muscle groups
  • Technique improvement and correction
  • General aerobic and anerobic fitness

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