Use the time between the end of the soccer season
to prepare for your transition into cricket. Research has demonstrated that injuries are more likely to occur at the beginning of the cricket season. Attendance at pre- season training will help maintain fitness and motor skills specific to cricket. An extensive warm up and warm down routine is important for preparation of the day’s game.
A soccer game goes for 90 minutes whereas a game of cricket could last for double the amount of time. Cricket is also often played in the sun. Therefore, adequate hydration is essential to prevent dehydration, heat stress, mental fatigue and improve physical stamina. Electrolyte sport drinks are a good way of replacing loss of salts through sweat.
WEAR THE RIGHT PROTECTIVE GEAR
It is important that you wear protective gear that is
the right size, worn properly and designed of use in
cricket. If the gear used is not appropriate then it will have suboptimal protective capacity.
Adequate recovery after each game and training
session is important to ensure optimal performance
at the next game. It will also help prevent overuse
injuries such as stress fractures and rotator cuff injuries.
Sleep is a very important aspect of recovery.
ADHERE TO CRICKET AUSTRALIA GUIDELINES
The Cricket Australia Junior Cricket Policy can be
Of specific importance is adherence to the restriction on number of overs bowled. Lumbar stress fractures are particularly common in fast bowlers under the age of 25.
IF AN INJURY OCCURS
The player needs to be immediately assessed for their capacity to continue with play. RICE (rest, ice,
compression, elevation) principles apply for the first
48- 72 hours. Respond promptly to cricket injuries,
contact your doctor or Summer Hill Physiotherapy
as soon as possible. Injuries improve more quickly
if they are managed appropriately and timely.
Make sure you have been fully rehabilitated before
returning to play.