Cricket: Is it an Endurance Sport?

Cricket - Is it an Endurance SportEndurance sports involve long periods of physical exertion. In cricket, the game is being played over a long distance or for a long period of time. A cricket match can last for 5 days for 6 to 7 hours a day. If you’re a fast bowler, you may end up running 20 km in a single day. With such characteristic, is cricket considered an endurance sport?


Cricket is a bat and ball sport played by two teams on an oval and involves batting, fielding and bowling. There are 11 players a side and a game can last anywhere from several hours to several days.

Cricket is similar to an endurance sport in some ways. First off, it takes forever to finish. Triathlon, which is a popular endurance sport, has a cut-off time of around 20 hours while a regular cricket test match can take up to 30 hours of playing time.

The training is always debated between how much fitness or strength work and sports specific training is necessary, with the latter almost always winning. Batting averages and number of balls faced or bowled is above normal interest.

Aside from length of time, enormous amount of skills performed, and the training, cricket is not without mental stamina and overuse injuries.

Mental strength is crucial to endure a physical activity for extended periods. Cricket is a team sport composed by individual performances. But unlike many other team sports, you may feel lonely out there. And rough too.

But setting aside players who faced fast bowlers with injuries, cricket appears to be less likely to push physical limits the similar manner a triathlon does. There is an involvement of concentration for a prolonged period of time.

In the end, cricket perhaps is not an endurance sport, but it is a lot closer when it comes to mental toughness. It is more like an intermittent activity sport rather than endurance sport.

Cricket Injuries

Nevertheless, endurance sport or not, cricketers face an assortment of injury. These are commonly injuries from repetitive stresses, acute soft tissue injuries, and impact injuries.

Problems from repetitive stresses can be a result of long sessions of battling, fast bowling, or wicket keeping. Acute soft tissue injuries are associated with short sprints when running between wickets or moving fast in the field. Cricket ball impact injuries usually affect the hands and the face.

Cricket injuries often include low back pain, hamstring strain, golfer’s elbow, rotator cuff injuries, ankle sprains, and injured fingers. Many cricket injuries can be attributed to poor fitness or conditioning, poor flexibility, excessive body weight or skin folds and poor strength or weak core muscles. Every part of the body is in fact prone to injury for cricket players.

Prevention and Treatment

A great way to avoid injury is by warming up prior to the game. Warm up increases blood flow and oxygen to the muscles and improves the range of motion, which reduces the risk of muscle tears. Other ways to prevent injuries is by wearing appropriate gear and knowing and using the right techniques.

If injured, RICE protocol often helps as an initial treatment. RICE stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. It is advisable to have a health care professional see your injury especially if it is serious. This ensures you’ll be given appropriate treatment as well as advice that will help maximise the effects of the treatment and prevent worsening of injury. Rehabilitation with one of our Perth physiotherapists will help improve the outcome of your treatment.

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