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Sports Injuries

Updated 07 July 2014

Knee injuries

A cricketer’s knees take a battering. Sudden changes of direction while running flat-out between wickets, or hitting the ground all take their toll on the knee caps.

As in any sport, the cricketer’s knees take a battering. Sudden changes of direction while running flat-out between wickets, or hitting the ground after jumping to catch a ball, all take their toll on the knee caps.

Jumper’s knee

Symptoms:

•  Pain underneath the kneecap
•  Aching and stiffness after exertion
•  Pain when contracting one’s quadriceps

There are two grades of injury:

Grade one jumper’s knee is when the pain only occurs after training

Grade two jumper’s knee is when your knee hurts before and after exercise, but the pain decreases once you have warmed up.

ITB (Iliotibial band) syndrome is also very common among cricketers, with similar causes as the patella tendinopathies. Contributors include tight muscles and fascia as high up as the lower back and gluteals down the lateral thigh complex, and weak/inactive  pelvic and abdominal stability muscles, allowing too much lateral pelvis movement. 

 

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Adrian Rotunno is a medical doctor in the Sports & Exercise Medicine fellowship at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa, and qualified physiotherapist. Team physician for Dimension Data pro-cycling, and Boland Rugby. Special interests include endurance sport, in particular cycling, as well as contact sports.

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