Medical Musings, Health Hypotheses & Therapeutic Thoughts
Common Cricket Injuries, What Are They & What Can You Do?
The long periods of gameplay, combined with explosive sprinting, jumping, throwing etc. puts a lot of sudden forces on the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments and the like; as opposed to hard tissues like bone) of the body. Because of the heavy emphasis on running and throwing, the limbs are commonly affected, but side strains of the abdominal muscles are also very common.
Summer can be such a diverting time of the year; the days are longer and finer, if we choose, we can stretch our leisure time well past our usual mid-year hours. We may feel inspired to rise with the sun and exercise or spend the later afternoon drinking up the last rays of sun relaxing in the backyard or as we sit by a large window. Usual aches or niggles could have been kept to a minimum as we’ve probably been a bit more active. No wonder; movement is the best medicine!
Earlier this February it has felt more like the wheel of the year is turning quicker, with the crisp mornings and plenty of rain. I’m a lover of the beach, nothing’s better than heading down to the Mornington Peninsula, taking my underwater camera out on an early morning dive, swimming with the local sea creatures.
Finally, we will consider some of the common causes of lateral knee pain. You may remember from the last blog that lateral means 'away from the mid-line of the body', so this is pain on the outside of the knee.
Many of the structures on the outside of the knee are similar to those on the inside, so they do not need much further consideration here (if you haven't yet, I strongly recommend that you read the first few posts about the knee, as they provide some much-needed background and context) These include:
Lateral meniscal injuries e.g. tears
In the last blog, we considered some common causes of pain in the front (anterior) and back (posterior) knee.
So, we have discussed how the poor 'design' of the knee joint means it is prone to various injuries and dysfunctions, but what does that mean in your everyday life?
Here we will consider the anatomy of the knee a bit further, and discuss some of the ways our knees can give us grief.
It is important to remember that, like most of the other joints in the body, the knee requires its neighbours to be doing a relatively good job in order to perform its own.