Sports Injuries

02 March 2011

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.

Not only golfers and tennis players suffer from arm and elbow injuries, cricketers are often similarly affected. 

Improper batting, throwing/bowling techniques, as well as incorrect or a change in equipment, such as bats that are too light/heavy, put unnecessary strain on the forearm.

With all the different formats of the game like 20/20, tests and 50-over cricket at international level, some players have  resorted to using two different types of bats: a heavier one for the shorter versions of the match, and a lighter one for the tests. [This constant changing between the two different bats also aggravates the elbow tendons, causing injury.]

Other possible causes of elbow pain would be a batsman attempting to use his wrist to flick the bat, change his bat weight, or make the grip too small or big.


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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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