Cricket Injury Rates
In Australia, elite cricketers experience an average of 18 injuries per season for a team of 25 players, playing 20 matches. On average, 9% of cricketers have an injury at any given moment, with fast bowlers having a higher rate of 15%.
The physical demands of different cricket formats vary, leading to different injury profiles. So far, the impact of Twenty20 cricket on player health is still being discovered. The most common cricket injuries are muscle strains in the hamstring and side, due to the repetitive sprinting and throwing involved in the sport.
Young fast bowlers are prone to lower back pain, as the repetitive bowling motion can cause stress fractures in the lower back vertebrae.
Cricket Australia Guidelines
Recently Cricket Australia published some guidelines surrounding fast bowling loads for adolescents. These have been designed to minimise the risk of injury.
AGE GROUP-SPECIFIC GUIDELINES
|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:
- Core stability control
- Normal muscle length-tension ratios
- Shoulder strengthening (e.g. rotator cuff & scapular stabilisers)
- Technique correction
- Biomechanics analysis: static and dynamic
- General aerobic and anaerobic fitness
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.
Cricket Injuries Prevention Program
Injury prevention is every player, parent, coach and physiotherapist’s goal. We have a prevention program range on offer to help reduce the risk of specific injuries; hamstring, shoulder, low back, ACL and other knee injuries. PhysioWorks has been asked to implement some of these programs under the support of senior coaches.
- Cricket Injury Risk Screening
- Injury Prevention Strategies
- ACL Injury Prevention Program
- Hamstring Injury Prevention Program
- Back Stress Fracture Prevention Program
Cricket Australia Personal Injuries Insurance
Australian cricket players registered at mycricket.com.au are covered for personal injuries such as sports injuries while playing cricket.
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 Muscle Pain
- Back Stress Fracture (Fast Bowlers)
- Facet Joint Pain
- Side Strain (Abdominal)
- Shoulder Impingement
- Rotator Cuff Syndrome
- Rotator Cuff Tear
- Bursitis Shoulder
- AC Joint Injury
- Dislocated Shoulder
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Sports Physiotherapy FAQs
Sports Physiotherapy is the specialised branch of physiotherapy which deals with injuries and issues related to spokespeople. Practitioners with additional formal training within Australia are Sports & Exercise Physiotherapists.
What is Sports Physiotherapy?
Sports injuries do differ from common everyday injuries. Athletes usually require high-level performance and demands placed upon their bodies, which stresses their muscles, joints and bones to the limit. Sports physiotherapists help athletes recover from sporting injuries and provide education and resources to prevent problems. Each sports physiotherapist usually has sport-specific knowledge that addresses acute, chronic and overuse injuries. Their services are generally available to sportsmen and women of all ages engaged in sports at any level of competition.
Members of Sports Physiotherapy Australia (SPA) have experience and knowledge of the latest evidence-based practice, professional assessment and diagnosis of sports injuries, and effective hands-on management techniques and exercise protocols to assist recovery and prevent future damage. SPA members have access to the most recent advances in sports physiotherapy. You'll be pleased to know that most PhysioWorks physiotherapists and massage therapists are particularly interested in sports injury management.
General Sports Physio FAQs
- Sports Physiotherapy
- Acute Sports Injury Clinics
- Sports Physiotherapy Treatment
- Youth Sports Injuries
- Sports Injury? What to do? When?
- When Can You Back to Sport?
- Sports-Related Injuries
- Knee Sports Injuries
- Sports Health Conditions
Understanding Common Muscle Injuries: A Comprehensive Guide
Muscle pain, also known as myalgia, can result from various causes and can affect different areas of the body. Managing and preventing discomfort requires a clear understanding of these common muscle injuries. This comprehensive guide aims to explore several sources of muscle pain, including injuries in the neck and back, strains in the lower limbs, conditions in the upper limbs, systemic causes, and more.
To provide valuable insights into the management of common muscle injuries, this guide offers answers to frequently asked questions and suggests products that can aid in your recovery. Access additional information about each specific injury by clicking the provided links.
Neck & Back Muscle Injuries
Lower Limb Muscle Injuries
Upper Limb Muscle Injuries
Systemic Causes of Myalgia
More Information: Myalgia
FAQs & Products
Common Ligament Injuries
Ligament injuries are common in the human body, often causing pain, discomfort, and limitations in mobility.
Various body parts are prone to ligament injuries, such as the knee, ankle, shoulder, wrist, hand, and spine. Among the most prevalent are knee ligament injuries, which include ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) and PCL (Posterior Cruciate Ligament) injuries, as well as MCL (Medial Collateral Ligament) and LCL (Lateral Collateral Ligament) sprains.
In addition, ligament injuries can affect other areas, such as the shoulder, leading to AC (Acromioclavicular) joint injuries and dislocated shoulders. Wrist and hand ligament injuries, including thumb and finger sprains, are also common. Furthermore, ligament injuries can occur in the spine, resulting in back and neck sprains and conditions like "text neck" and whiplash. Understanding these common ligament injuries is essential for prevention, early diagnosis, and effective treatment, enabling individuals to regain their functionality and resume their daily activities.
Knee Ligament Injuries
- Knee Ligament Injuries
- ACL Injury
- PCL Injury
- MCL Sprain
- LCL Sprain
- Posterolateral Corner Injury
- Patella Dislocation
- Superior Tibiofibular Joint Sprain