Common Cricket Injuries, What Are They & What Can You Do?
So warm-up is critical.
The current evidence seems to indicate that (contrary to the previous batch of advice) stretching does not decrease power if performed before activity; but really, do anything as long as it gets your heart-rate up a little and warms up the muscles you are about to use .
Rest (pretty self-explanatory)
Ice (do not put anything cold in direct contact with the skin, wrap it something first)
Compression (make sure any compression bandage is not so tight as to restrict circulation)
Elevation (will help reduce swelling, and is also a good excuse for more ‘R’)
Referral (e.g. to your osteopath or team physio, if you have one)
Ice (if available) can also be helpful, applied to the site of the pain.
Compression may not be helpful, and elevation is tricky! So move straight to the ‘referral’ part of your RICER first aid plan.
Rotator cuff injuries may come on gradually, as an overuse injury; or suddenly, like falling onto your outstretched arm and partly or completely tearing one of them. More commonly, there is an element of both – some deterioration and degeneration over a period of time, with a precipitating incident/trauma that sets off the pain and dysfunction.
This is often closely related to the abdominal side-strain discussed above, and likewise is often caused by the control of rotation/torque through the trunk while throwing.
You may also get low back pain caused by standing around and not moving enough, especially while fielding, so sometimes it’s “damned if you do, damned if you don’t”!
Your osteopath will assess the likely severity of any injury, which can range from mildly straining a few fibres to fully rupturing a muscle (generally, if you do this, you will likely know about it, or at least that something is ‘not quite right’.
Posterior ankle impingement is also a common problem in cricketers. This term comprises a variety of conditions including inflammation of the tendons and sheaths of other foot and ankle muscles, loose bodies inside the ankle joint, or inflammation of the capsule surrounding the joint. You may only have pain during bowling on the back foot due to the forced bending up at the ankle during front-foot landing, so not feel anything while running normally .
Footnotes and References
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 Park HK, Jung MK, Park E, et al. "The effect of warm-ups with stretching on the isokinetic moments of collegiate men" J Exerc Rehabil. 2018;14(1):78–82. Published 2018 Feb 26. doi:10.12965/jer.1835210.605
 Lateral epicondylitis is normally called Tennis Elbow, and affects the outside of the elbow.
 Mansingh A ""Posterior ankle impingement in fast bowlers in cricket" West Indian Med J. 2011 Jan; 60(1):77-81