It is December and the milder sun implies it’s cricket time in India. The cricketing calendar is at its prime, and Windies has come to India to treat cricket fans with a distinct Calypsos style cricket. However, the one thing that you must have noticed is that many big names are missing from both the teams due to injuries. The question that ponders every cricket fan is how come so many injuries creep up even at the highest professional level of the sport, where the best technology, state of the art infrastructure and the support of elite medical and rehab cover are all available (Pardiwala, 2018).
Hitman “Rohit Sharma”, King of Swing “Mohammed Shami” and gloveman “Wriddhi Saha”, they all have lost matches or series because of their soft tissue injury. Before we delve deep in to find out “why?”, let us first look at “what” are the most common injuries that grapple our cricketing heroes.
Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis became known to every Indian household when our Little Master Sachin Tendulkar carried this injury at the peak of his career. It is a condition where the common extensor muscle insertion on the elbow joint suffers from inflammation.
Hamstring or groin muscles pull is amongst the most common injuries seen in cricketers. Fast bowlers, batsmen, and wicket-keepers, all are susceptible to this injury. Non-contact injuries like Hamstring Sprain happens when the ratio of hamstrings to Quadriceps muscles is imbalanced from its ideal 0.7.
Rotator Cuff injury is a common injury in fast bowlers; unfortunately, this injury has cut short promising careers of some very exceptional talented cricketers, for e.g. Jawagal Srinath (Oliver et al.2016). A rotator cuff is a group of muscles that stabilizes the ball of shoulder joint into the socket of the scapula. Sleeping on the shoulder of the injured side leads to dull aching pain, watch out for yourself if you have similar symptoms (Weiss Et al.2018).
The list of such injuries is non-exhaustive and it is beyond the scope of this short article to be covered comprehensively. The notable thing, here, is that despite whatever injury one has, one needs to get the cause of the injury treated, and not the symptoms. Traditionally, we have been treating the injured part only, whereas the culprit lies elsewhere. Re-injuries are common when these traditional approaches are used for treatment.
A thorough biomechanical assessment is the best diagnostic approach that the athletes can rely upon. It gives valuable and tangible data about the injury and/or its causes. Not only the diagnostic tools but factors like, choice of the treatment, exercise prescription, and skills of your physiotherapist, matter a lot when it comes to prevent or treat these injuries. So, please ensure that you are in the right hands.
ABTP, with its state of the art technology, is miles ahead of others when it comes to biomechanical or functional sport-specific assessments. With devices such as Isokinetic, Prokin, Walker view and Care therapy, and backed by highly experienced and professional physiotherapists, we have been using data-driven scientific approaches for treating sportsmen. Come experience ABTP culture at a facility near you.
Do enjoy the cricket fever, and watch out for those mighty sixes…at times, the Windies boys hit them hard and long, so much so that one can feel the ball coming out of the TV screen into the living room.
M.S. Sports Med and Rehab. (St Mary’s Uni. London ).
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