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Sports Injuries

02 March 2011

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.

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. They can also be pulled when reaching for a ball, sprinting between wickets or in the field, slipping in the run-up while bowling, or while trying to decelerate in the bowling action.

An acute muscle strain occurs when a muscle is overloaded and a number of the muscle fibres become torn, and inflammation and tissue breakdown occurs.  An acute hamstring strain is associated with an acute overload of the muscle, occurring during batting, bowling or fielding,  especially in a pressure situation.

Management focuses on rehabilitation of the hamstring and surrounding muscles. It is important that this rehabilitation be sport specific and that the muscle is retrained, using similar speeds and loads required when playing cricket.

 

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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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