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PhysioAdvisor Newsletter – Ashes Edition

With the greatest rivalry in cricket, the Ashes, starting this week, this month’s PhysioAdvisor Newsletter takes a look at the most common Cricket Injuries, their contributing factors and injury prevention tips.

Cricket Injuries


Cricket Injuries

Injuries in cricket are common, particularly to fast bowlers. Often these injuries are due to overuse and tend to present gradually over time. Injury prevalence rates in fast bowlers have been recorded at 18%, which is significantly higher than other disciplines: batsmen (7%), spin bowlers (6%) and wicket-keepers (4%).

In younger fast bowlers (under the age of 25), lumbar stress fractures are the most prevalent injury. These injuries tend to occur on the non-bowling arm side of the lower back and are typically due to technique errors (such as a ‘mixed bowling action’ or excessive ‘counter rotation’) and/or excessive bowling workloads. In the older fast bowler, however, degenerative lumbar injuries tend to occur more commonly, usually affecting the lumbar discs. Other common injuries to affect fast bowlers are side strains, posterior ankle impingement, and patellar tendinopathy.

The injury with the highest incidence in cricket, however, (across all four disciplines) is a hamstring strain. Traumatic injuries to the hands and fingers are also common, usually as a result of excessive impact of the ball when fielding, wicket-keeping or batting. Throwing injuries, such as rotator cuff tendinopathy, rotator cuff tears and SLAP lesions are also commonly seen.

Learn more about Cricket Injuries.


Most Common Cricket Injuries   Most Common Cricket Injuries

To view detailed descriptions on the most common injuries for cricket, click on the relevant discipline below:


Contributing Factors & Injury Prevention Tips   Contributing Factors & Injury Prevention Tips

A number of factors can contribute to the development of cricket injures. Some of these include bowling workloads (both excessive bowling and inconsistent bowling frequency) and bowling technique (e.g. mixed action, excessive counter rotation, braced front leg, excessive hyperextension).


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