Nowadays a good cricketer enjoys a huge fanbase and other celebrity statuses. But what about the pain that goes into maintaining his top form for every season and every important game? People usually choose to forget about it. In this article, we hope to inform you about the most common cricket injuries that cricketers face and prevention strategies used against them. Interested? Read on!
Cricketers have to be in their top form no matter what kind of climatic or other conditions they have to face. They usually have to play for hours and hours under the hot sun to increase their stamina and refine their techniques. How long can you stand under the sun? two hours more than that can even be considered as a crumb for cricketers because they have to face worse. What do you feel once you have reached your limits under the sun? Thirsty? Headaches? All of these cricketers also experience, after all, they are also humans. This is why it is important to protect them from dehydration, heat stress, and sun damage.
Other than this some of their most common injuries are sprains, strains, fractures, bruises, and even open wounds. Some of the most hospitals treated wounds include the injuries to the face, hands, and fingers caused by the ball. The bowlers have to be even more careful as they are more inclined to suffer from shoulders and back injuries as well. This is especially the case when their drive and ambition are given more importance than their body’s condition.
This is why it is important for players to always be mindful of their body’s conditions at all times. It is not just their bodies that they have to be mindful of. They also need to take into account the climatic conditions, the environment, and even the field that they are playing in. The field should be neat and clean with the grass properly adhered to or it affects their game. The playing equipment and game accessories should also be in good condition as it could be the make or break in protecting them from injuries and aiding in their form. Enter IoT enhanced game which researchers claim could be even better at monitoring the conditions of the players. These devices like RFID for sensing, Zigbee for telecommunications, and even Cloud Computing can be placed in the accessories of the players to monitor their conditions. We know that technology and game are hell no! for purists out there but personally if it can protect our favorite players, why not?
Some of the other prevention strategies include using a good warm-up and cool down, core stability training, targeted strength training, and sessions with a physiotherapist as well. These are some very important ways to help athletes. Of course, it can be said to be the case for any athletes including budding talents and aspiring youths. This way the core strength and basics can be built from the beginning as well. Now you might be wondering about what happens to help an injured athlete recover. Food and the P.O.L.I.C.E Principle will be followed for that. The P.O.L.I.C.E Principle is usually followed for those who had suffered from any kind of musculoskeletal injuries.
The full form of the P.O.L.I.C.E principle is Protection, Optimum Loading, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Protection is when the injury should be given time to rest and then starting with gentle motions. Optimum Loading is when the injury should still be resting but the players can start some passive motions and then with time moving on to active motion. Ice is using ice to help in managing the swelling and decreasing pain. Compression is using Compression bandages to help with the rehabilitation. Finally, Elevation is to always elevate the injured area while sitting or lying down.
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