Common Cricket Injuries

You may not think of it, but cricket can be a dangerous sport for the body. With bats being swung through the air and balls travelling at high speeds, there are many ways you can get injured during sports. At Sports Focus Physiotherapy, we look at how to treat the most common cricket injuries.

Shoulder pain

The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body. But this huge range of motion means the shoulder is susceptible to instability. Shoulder pain is a common condition experienced by cricketers, as the joint is used when batting, bowling and fielding. Even being a wicket keeper can put the shoulders into physical overdrive.

Shoulder pain treatment:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Applying ice
  • Anti-inflammatory gel
  • Anti-inflammatory medication

Lumbar sprain

Cricket relies heavily on the lower back, whether you are swinging a bat or diving for the last wicket. These actions and movements can cause inflammation and pain. This is known as lumbar sprain, which is the overstretching of a lumbar spine ligament.

Lumbar sprain treatment:

  • Cold and/or heat therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Reconditioning exercises

Hamstring strain

Lack of strength and conditioning is a common cause for hamstring strain. When one or more of the hamstring muscles are overloaded, this can lead to a strain, or in some cases, a complete hamstring tear.

Hamstring strain treatment:

  • Dry needling
  • Soft tissue massage
  • Biomechanical assessment
  • Joint mobilisation

Ankle sprain

Ankle sprains are a common and troublesome injury in cricket. Suddenly stopping, cutting at fast speeds, and shifting momentum can all put stress on the ankle. This causes the ankle to bend further than the body would like.

Ankle sprain treatment:

  • Rest
  • Sports taping
  • Elevation of ankle to reduce swelling
  • Applying ice

Physiotherapy for common cricket injuries

Most cricketers will experience injuries at some point in their lives. When you do, it’s vital that you seek proper physiotherapy treatment to prevent further injuries. If you have any concerns, book an appointment with one of our experienced sports physios today.