Injuries Common to Cricketers

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.

Hemant Gaidhani

M.S. Sports Med and Rehab. (St Mary’s Uni. London ).

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3. Management of Rotator Cuff Injuries in the Elite Athlete. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2018 Mar; 11(1): 102–112.

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Knee Injuries and Post Injury Rehabilitation

Injury can happen anywhere, be it while playing sports or during training. The sports athletes, in particular, incur injuries to the extreme while trying to keep up with the increasing competition in sports. But the post injury rehabilitation is not just limited to sports population as is believed by many, be it a young or older person everyone needs faster and better recovery from the injury and return to preinjury state. Whether it’s a normal wear and tear of the muscle or knee injury, rehabilitation is very important to get relief from pain and make a safe return to an active lifestyle. This becomes crucial when it comes to sportsperson when post injury recovery time also plays a key role.  

What is Post Injury Rehabilitation? 

Post-injury rehabilitation is a step-by-step process which involves therapy to help you recover better after an injury. Without proper knowledge, people often assume or underestimate the power of physiotherapy although with time it has only gained importance due to better outcomes. The usual post-injury rehabilitation includes treatment for knee ligament and meniscal injuries, thigh muscle injury treatment, knee rehabilitation and injury prevention in sports. The main aim of rehabilitation is to help you lead a life with ease after an injury. 

Knee Injuries that require Rehabilitation 

  • ACL/ PCL ligament partial or complete tear 
  • Any Sprains and Strains 
  • Soft tissue injuries  
  • Broken thigh or leg bones such as tibia, fibula or femur 
  • Associated hip & ankle injuries 
  • Overuse injuries 
  • Bursitis and tendinitis  

ABTP’s Post Injury Rehabilitation Process 

A thorough assessment is carried out by our trained injury rehabilitation specialists to identify and diagnose the problem using a cutting edge medical technology. Based on this, an individualized injury rehabilitation program is outlined keeping in mind the needs and requirements. For example, in a knee injury, rehabilitation program is drawn for a fast, successful recovery. Then physiotherapy exercises are performed using advanced medical technology to remove pain and discomfort and improve functioning. Finally, a real-time feedback is provided by TecnoBody Systems – 21st century advanced medical systems which integrate the use of 3D cameras and sophisticated equipments that ensures that even a single exercise is controlled and effective focusing on quality of movement over quantity. 

The therapy is provided at the center by the specialist physiotherapists till the body is fully restored to a natural state.  

Benefits of Post Injury Rehabilitation

  1. Reduces pain
  2. Better Flexibility
  3. A better alternative to Pharmaceuticals
  4. Improved Posture

Whether you require instant treatment post injury or want to regain muscle movements, you can trust us as one of the best physiotherapy centers that guarantee results. With the help of our trained post-injury rehabilitation specialists and technology, you can meet all your rehabilitation goals. Take a look at all our centers here