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John Miller Physiotherapist

Article by John Miller

Sandgate Redcliffe District Cricket Club

Cricket Injury Prevention and Treatment: A Physiotherapist’s Guide

Playing cricket, whether for fun with SRDCC or professionally, brings with it the risk of injuries. But, with the right prevention strategies and treatments, players can stay on the pitch longer and perform at their best.

PhysioWorks has been a staunch supporter of the Sandgate-Redcliffe District Cricket Club for over 35 years, offering professional advice and treatment for cricket-related injuries.

Understanding Cricket Injuries

Injuries in cricket can range from acute impacts, such as a ball strike, to overuse injuries like stress fractures in the lower back or rotator cuff issues. Fast bowlers, in particular, face a high risk of lower back pain due to the repetitive nature of their action.

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Allrounders, Bowlers And Batters Can All Experience Back Pain.

What are the Most Common Cricket Injuries?

Cricket, a sport loved worldwide, requires a blend of physical endurance, strength, and technique. However, like any physical activity, it comes with a risk of injuries. The most common cricket injuries typically affect the lower back, shoulders, knees, and hamstrings. Here’s a closer look at each:

  1. Lower Back Injuries: Fast bowlers are particularly susceptible to lower back injuries due to the repetitive and strenuous action of bowling. Stress fractures of the vertebrae (spondylolysis or spondylolisthesis) are common, as are muscle strains.
  2. Shoulder Injuries: Players often suffer from shoulder injuries due to the overhand throwing (such as in fielding) and the repetitive nature of bowling. Rotator cuff injuries, shoulder dislocations, and labral tears are common issues.
  3. Knee Injuries: The knee is another joint that’s prone to injury in cricket, with issues ranging from ligament tears (such as ACL injuries) to meniscal tears and patellar tendinitis, often resulting from sudden movements or overuse.
  4. Hamstring Strains: Given the sprinting and quick changes of direction required in cricket, hamstring strains are a frequent occurrence. These injuries can vary in severity and often result from inadequate warm-up or previous injuries.
  5. Calf Strain: A calf strain is another common injury among cricketers, particularly affecting batsmen, bowlers, and fielders who require sudden bursts of speed or endure long periods of running. This injury occurs when the muscles of the lower leg, the gastrocnemius or soleus, are overstretched or forcefully contracted, leading to muscle fibres being torn to varying degrees.
  6. Ankle Sprains: Ankle sprains are common, especially in fielders, due to the uneven ground or sudden changes in direction. These can range from mild to severe, affecting ligaments to varying degrees.
  7. Side Strain: Bowlers, in particular, are at risk of side strains, which affect the muscles on the side of the abdomen. This injury is due to the twisting motion during bowling.
  8. Hand and Finger Injuries: Cricketers often suffer from hand and finger injuries due to the impact of the ball. Fractures, dislocations, and bruises are typical injuries for batsmen and fielders.
  9. Concussion: Concussion is a less common but serious injury in cricket that can occur when a player is hit on the head by a cricket ball or collides with another player or object. It’s a type of traumatic brain injury that affects brain function and is usually temporary. Symptoms of a concussion can include headache, confusion, dizziness, nausea, and sometimes loss of consciousness. Given the potential for serious health consequences, it’s crucial to treat any head injury with utmost care.

Preventing Cricket Injuries

Prevention strategies, including proper warm-up routines, strength and conditioning exercises, technique improvement, and workload management, are vital in reducing the risk of these injuries.

Additionally, wearing appropriate protective gear, such as helmets, padding, and proper footwear, can help minimise the risk of injury. When injuries do occur, timely and appropriate physiotherapy intervention is crucial for effective recovery and to prevent recurrence.

Prevention starts with appropriate preparation. This includes:

  • A tailored warm-up and cool-down routine to prepare the muscles and joints for the demands of the game.
  • Strength and conditioning exercises focusing on core stability, shoulder strength, and leg power to reduce the risk of muscle strains and joint injuries.
  • Technique refinement to ensure movements are as efficient and safe as possible.

Recent research highlights the importance of workload management, especially for bowlers, to prevent overuse injuries. Following Cricket Australia’s guidelines on bowling loads helps in minimising stress on the body.

When Injuries Strike: The Role of Physiotherapy

Despite the best prevention efforts, injuries can still happen. This is where sports physiotherapy comes into play. Effective treatment plans, including manual therapy, exercise prescriptions, and sometimes dry needling, can significantly reduce recovery time and prevent future injuries.

What to Do?

If you’re dealing with a cricket-related injury, or want to improve your injury prevention strategies, seeking professional advice from a physiotherapist is crucial. They can provide personalised programs that address your specific needs and help you stay active and injury-free.


Staying injury-free is crucial for enjoying cricket to its fullest. With the right prevention strategies and the expert support of physiotherapists, players can minimise their injury risks and enjoy a long, healthy cricket career.

SRDCC Discount

PhysioWorks offer our high-quality physiotherapy and remedial massage services to players, family and friends of SRDCC at a special reduced rate for SRDCC members.

Simply mention your association with the Sandgate-Redcliffe District Cricket Club to our receptionist to receive your discount for:

Cricket Australia Personal Injuries Insurance

Australian cricket players registered at are covered for personal injuries such as sports injuries while playing cricket.

Sports Insurance Policy Information

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.

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