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Cricket: Injuries, Rehabilitation, and Training

Myers, Peter M.B.B.S., F.R.A.C.S., F.A.Orth.A.; O'Brien, B. Shaun M.B.B.S., F.R.C.S., F.R.C.S.(Tr. and Orth.)

Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy review: April-May-June 2001 - Volume 9 - Issue 2 - p 124-136
Sports-Specific Rehabilitation in Throwing and Overhead Injuries

Cricket is a popular team sport played throughout the world. The 3 unique aspects of the game—bowling, batting, and fielding—can each be associated with injury. Specific injuries to the shoulder are rarer than would be expected from a throwing sport because of the nature of the bowling technique. It is more common for an injury to be caused by throwing and then to be aggravated by bowling. Good surveillance and concentration on technique by coaches have highlighted the etiology of many of the injury patterns seen. It is uncommon for an injury from cricket to require surgery. The implementation of rule changes together with better coaching, early accurate diagnosis, and appropriate rehabilitation have helped players avoid and, if they occur, properly manage their injuries.

From the Brisbane Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center, Queensland, Australia.

Send correspondence to Dr. Peter Myers, Brisbane Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center, Arnold Janssen Center, 259 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane, Queensland 4000, Australia.

© 2001 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.