Cricket Injuries

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Article by John Miller

Cricket Injury Rates

Cricket Injuries

Cricket injuries at elite level in Australia have been demonstrated to occur at a rate of around 18 injuries in total for a squad of 25 players who play twenty matches in a season. 

On average, around 9% of cricketers have an injury at any given time, although in fast bowlers over 15% are injured at any given time. 

There are very different physical demands involved in different types of cricket, which has meant the injury profile is slightly different between five-day Test Matches, weekend to four-day matches and one-day matches. The launch of Twenty20 cricket has placed a new physical requirement on cricketers, although it is too early for the effects of these demands to be analysed in sports injury research. 

Research has indicated that muscle injuries such as hamstring strains and side strains are the most common cricket injuries. These injuries are due to the functional demands of the sport where occasional sprinting and ball throwing may be repeated across a seven hour day.

Low back pain is particularly prevalent among younger fast bowlers. The repetitive action of bowling for long spells places excessive stress on the tissues of the lower back, where stress fractures of the vertebra (spondylolysis or spondylolisthesis) can develop. 

Cricket Australia Guidelines

Recently Cricket Australia published a number of guidelines surrounding fast bowling loads for adolescents. These have been designed to minimize the risk of injury.

AGE GROUP SPECIFIC GUIDELINES

AGE   
U11 2 over limit each spell & 4 over limit per match
U13 4 over limit each spell & 8 over limit per match Target* of 100-120 balls per week
U15 4-6 weeks bowling preparation before the season 5 over limit each spell & 12 over limit per match Target 100-120 balls per week
U17 6-8 weeks bowling preparation before the season 6 over maximum each spell & 16 over limit per match Target 120-150 balls per week
U19 8-10 weeks bowling preparation before the season 7 over limit each spell & 20 over limit per match Target 150-180 balls per week

*weekly targets are a combination of training and match bowling.

Cricket Injury Prevention Strategies

The secret to avoiding a cricketing injury is to develop prevention strategies.

In short, these can relate to:

Your coach or physiotherapist will be able to provide you with generic team activities plus some specific individual advice to address your weaknesses or deficiencies.

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Cricket Injury Prevention Program

Injury prevention is every player, parent, coach and physiotherapist’s goal. PhysioWorks has been asked to implement some of these programs in accordance with the support of senior coaches. We have a range on offer to help reduce the risk of certain injuries; hamstring, shoulder, low back, ACL and other knee injuries.

Please contact PhysioWorks for more information or advice.

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Cricket Australia Personal Injuries Insurance

Australian cricket players registered at mycricket.com.au are covered for personal injuries such as sports injuries that occur while playing cricket.

Personal Injury Cover provides financial assistance in three key areas:

  • Non-Medicare Medical Benefits: eg Physio 85% reimbursement (up to $5000)
  • Loss of Income Benefits
  • Capital Benefits

If you’re looking for information about this cover, please select any of the options below.

Medical Specialist Referrals

PhysioWorks works with Brisbane’s leading Sports Medicine Professionals including Sports Physicians, Orthopaedic Surgeons and Radiology Clinics.

Please ask your physiotherapist for help if you need guidance in discussing your situation and arranging an appropriate and prompt referral to begin your rehabilitation.

Common Cricket Injuries

Back Pain

Shoulder Pain

Thigh & Hamstring Pain

Knee Pain

Shin & Calf Pain

Ankle Injuries

Neck Pain

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Common Adolescent Cricket Injuries

Back Pain

Knee Pain

Heel Pain

Cricket Injury Prevention

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Cricket Injuries - Common Treatment Options

  • Early Injury Treatment
  • Avoid the HARM Factors
  • Soft Tissue Injury? What are the Healing Phases?
  • What to do after a Muscle Strain or Ligament Sprain?
  • Acupuncture and Dry Needling
  • Sub-Acute Soft Tissue Injury Treatment
  • Core Exercises
  • Scapular Stabilisation Exercises
  • Rotator Cuff Exercises
  • Closed Kinetic Chain Exercises
  • Active Foot Posture Correction Exercises
  • Gait Analysis
  • Biomechanical Analysis
  • Balance Enhancement Exercises
  • Proprioception & Balance Exercises
  • Agility & Sport-Specific Exercises
  • Medications?
  • Orthotics
  • Real Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy
  • Soft Tissue Massage
  • Walking Boot
  • Ankle Strapping
  • Brace or Support
  • Electrotherapy & Local Modalities
  • Heat Packs
  • Joint Mobilisation Techniques
  • Kinesiology Tape
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Neurodynamics
  • Prehabilitation
  • Running Analysis
  • Scapulohumeral Rhythm Exercises
  • Strength Exercises
  • Stretching Exercises
  • Supportive Taping & Strapping
  • TENS Machine
  • Video Analysis
  • Yoga
  • Cricket Injury Related Products

    Cricket Injuries

    Cricket Injury FAQs

  • Common Physiotherapy Treatment Techniques
  • What is Pain?
  • Physiotherapy & Exercise
  • How Does Kinesiology Tape Reduce Swelling?
  • What Causes Post-Exercise Muscular Pain?
  • The Best Core Exercises
  • Heat Packs. Why does heat feel so good?
  • How Does an Exercise Ball Help Back Pain?
  • How to Strap an Ankle
  • Rotator Cuff: What is it?
  • Sports Injury? What to do? When?
  • What are Common Adolescent / Children Leg Injuries?
  • What are Growing Pains?
  • What are the Early Warning Signs of an Injury?
  • What is a TENS Machine?
  • What is Chronic Pain?
  • What is Nerve Pain?
  • What is Sports Physiotherapy?
  • What is the Shoulder Impingement Zone?
  • What's the Benefit of Stretching Exercises?
  • What's Your Core Stability Score?
  • When is the Best Time for a Pre-Event Massage?
  • Why Kinesiology Tape Helps Reduce Swelling and Bruising Quicker
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    Last updated 04-Sep-2017 06:23 PM

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