With the Cricket World Cup in town, we expect a spike in cricket participation and unfortunately an increase in injuries associated with the sport.
Being one of Australia's most popular sports, each year approximately 500 players end up in hospital with cricket related injuries. To reduce the chances of you becoming the next cricket injury statistic, here are a few pointers that we recommend you follow.
The causes and types of injuries
- The most common types of injuries are strains, sprains, fractures, bruising and open wounds.
- Overuse injuries are common and often associated with back and shoulder injuries among bowlers.
Good preparation is important
- Undertake training before the start of the season.
- Always warm up, stretch and cool down.
- If young bowlers experience discomfort whilst bowling, Cricket Victoria’s Pace Bowling Program offers a bowling technique assessment (details at www.cricketvictoria.com.au).
Good technique and practices will help prevent injury
- Pace bowlers should restrict the number of overs bowled during play.
- Junior bowlers should rest for 3.5 days per week from bowling.
- Coach young players on the proper sliding stop technique.
Wear the right protective equipment
- Wear protective gear at all times.
- Whilst batting, wear body padding including gloves, leg pads, boxes and forearm guards.
- When wicket keeping, batting or fielding in close, wear a cricket helmet with a faceguard.
- Seek professional advice on footwear.
In addition to this, as with any sport, always remember to stay hydrated, and Slip, Slop, Slap.
Lets hope the Aussies can belt New Zealand for 6 in today's world cup final.