To investigate the past incidence of side strain injury and its associated factors in first-class cricket fast bowlers in Australia and England.
Retrospective case series.
Cricket fast bowlers who were professionally contracted full time at first-class level in Australia and England in 2011. All bowlers were male and aged 18 or older. A bowler was defined as a fast bowler if the wicketkeeper would take their stance back from the stumps. There were 207 participants.
The association between bowling arm, player height, active trunk lateral flexion range of motion, side bridge endurance, volume of first-class cricket played, and the history of injury was determined.
Over half of the bowlers had sustained at least 1 side strain in their career. Seventy-seven percent of primary injuries occurred in bowlers aged 24 or under. A higher proportion of injured bowlers had reached first-class volume in their career. Recurrence occurred in 30% of bowlers, with over 30% of these bowlers sustaining at least 1 further recurrence. Nearly half of all recurrences occurred within 2 years with a further quarter in the next year. The injury was not associated with any measured factors.
Side strain is a common injury among first-class cricket fast bowlers, especially at younger ages. It was associated with the volume of first-class cricket played. Recurrence was common and occurred most frequently in the first 2 years after primary injury.
*Aspire Physiotherapy Centre, Holgate, New South Wales, Australia; and
†La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia.
Corresponding Author: Andrew R. Nealon, BAppSc (Physio), Aspire Physiotherapy Centre, 479 Wattle Tree Rd, Holgate, NSW 2250, Australia (email@example.com).
The authors report no conflicts of interest.
Received December 12, 2016
Accepted April 06, 2017