Common Cricket Injuries
As an amateur cricketer I’ve encountered a number of injuries over the years the majority of which are due to my lack of ability as a fielder.
This has on occasions had a detrimental impact on the social side of the game – the injuries that is, not my fielding failures!
Wrists, Hands and Fingers – Particularly Vulnerable
Due to the nature of the game of cricket the wrists, hands and fingers are particularly vulnerable to injury with the most common being fractures, dislocations, bruising and ligament sprains. In addition, cricketers are also prone to conditions such as tennis elbow.
In the first instance any fractures or dislocations will require hospital assessment and treatment and from experience, I can assure you that breaking your finger can be very painful. Depending on the severity of the fracture/dislocation a number of treatments are possible. Simple, less complex injuries will be splinted for a period of time whereas more complex injuries could require surgical intervention.
Following either of these routes to treat the injury, you will be left with stiff and sore joints with reduction in the range of movement and potentially some loss of strength due to the period of inactivity. In this instance physiotherapy can help to restore the normal movement and strength.
RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation)
Injuries such as bruising or strains to ligaments can initially be treated using the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) principle to reduce the inflammatory response from the body.
Ligament injuries to wrists and fingers can be treated effectively using various modes of physiotherapy interventions such as:
• Exercise prescription
All these speed up the healing process and get you back out playing cricket as soon as possible and keep you out of the bar. In addition, tennis elbow can be treated in the same way whilst also investigating the root cause of the problem including looking at equipment and technique if required.
Kevin qualified as a physiotherapist in 2014. He started at Physiofusion in 2015, primarily treating from Burnley and Padiham clinics. He is a keen cricketer and plays for Padiham Cricket Club.