Cricket – is a popular sport that is played between two teams of eleven players each. A team that scores more runs than its opponent wins the match. In Test cricket which is played over five days, it is necessary to dismiss the opposite team to win the match, which would otherwise be drawn.
Cricket injuries frequently strike amateurs and professional cricketers. Cricket is often played in hot conditions over many hours, making players susceptible to dehydration and heat stress due to excessive sweating. Overuse of the muscles and tendons due to the repetitive action of bowling for long spells can cause rotator cuff injuries, anterior cruciate ligament tears, stress fractures of the vertebra, low back pain, sprains, and bruising in fast bowlers. Injuries to the face and hands among batsmen from a cricket ball traveling at a high speed make most common types of direct contact injuries. Fielders can sustain shoulder and elbow injuries from repeated throwing.
Diagnosis And Treatment Of Common Cricket Injuries:
If you sustain a cricket-related injury, you should immediately contact a physical therapy expert who will conduct a detailed physical examination to diagnose an injury. Numerous lower-body injuries can be very painful, causing localized swelling and bruising. These injuries can make weight bearing very difficult for a sufferer through the affected joint. The sooner the lower-body injuries are diagnosed and treated, the more quickly and completely they will heal. A Physiotherapy expert has specialist skills to treat your injury with a personalized program. He or she will determine the severity of an injury which is the key to assessing the correct course of treatment. He or she will help get you back to your hobbies and everyday life activities as quickly as possible.
In case of a minor strain, an expert will treat the affected area with ice. Hamstring strains will be treated by a combination of ice, rest, compression and elevation. Wearing compression shorts around hamstring region promotes fast recovery as it provides extra warmth to the affected muscles. A cohesive compression bandage can be used to treat a strain of the internal oblique, the external oblique, or the transversalis fascia.
A heat pack can be used to reduce the pain in the muscles and ligaments of the back. Core stability exercises under the supervision of a qualified physical therapy expert will help reduce stress on the back, allowing the muscles to heal. Moreover, these exercises will help increase muscular stability in the lumbar region.
In case of rotator-cuff injuries, ice therapy and anti-inflammatory medication is recommended to reduce the inflammation and pain associated with it. Shoulder stabilization exercises help increase flexibility and endurance of the shoulder muscles. Strength exercises on an exercise mat using resistance bands can help improve the function of the shoulder by strengthening the rotator-cuff muscles.
A sprained, swollen, or turned ankle can be treated with a combination of joint immobilization, sports massage and dry needling. Ankle exercises help strengthen weak and unstable ankles. They help reduce pain and prevent reoccurrence of the ankle injuries in the cricketers. Eccentric Achilles tendon exercises help alleviate the symptoms of Achilles tendinitis and promote fast healing.
Call Happy Physio today on (08) 9272 7359 if you would like expert help for your injuries. You can also ask our Physios for advice on how to minimize the chances of getting injured.