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.
• 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.