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Sports Injuries

Cricket injuries

Cricket injuries are commonly associated with bowling action and batting technique. These injuries may include rotator cuff syndrome (impingement), knee injuries including patellar tendonitis, and common hand fractures and sprains from impact with the cricket ball. Find more information on recovery, treatment and prevention of cricket injuries here.

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Upper leg injuries

Cricket involves a lot of sudden, explosive stop/start movements and rapid changes of direction. The result is that the hamstring tendons are often strained.

Foot and ankle injuries

There are numerous injuries that can be sustained by the foot and ankle. Sprains and strains commonly occur.

Hand and wrist injuries

There are numerous injuries that can be suffered by the hand and wrist. Fractures and dislocations of the fingers are particularly common.

Head injuries

Head injuries are quite common among young players. This type of injury is usually the result of a blow to the face from a ball travelling at a high speed.

Abdominal injuries

As is the case with chest injuries, injuries may also occur when a ball travelling at a high speed hits the abdomen.

Lower leg injuries

Batsmen’s shins are protected from the ball by pads, but they are not protected from shin splints, caused by running on a hard pitch.

Elbow injuries

This injury is localised to the outside of the elbow. It can occur as a result of throwing, especially if the cricketer leads the throwing motion with his elbow.

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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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