It’s backyard cricket season again and every has-been cricketer in the country is rolling the arm over in anticipation of reliving the “Gentleman’s Game” glory. During the festive season, cricket injuries at backyard level in Australia have demonstrated to occur at higher rate than elite level players over a similar period. On average, around 9% of cricketers have an injury at any given time, although (used-to-be) fast bowlers are 15% more likely to get injured.
There are very different physical demands involved in the various rules of backyard cricket, which has meant the injury profile is slightly different between the tip-and-run, over-the-fence-and-your-out, off-the-roof-one-hand-catch and must-have-a-drink-or-you-don’t-play rules. The limited size of new backyards has placed a new physical requirement on cricketers, although it is too early for the effects of these demands to be analysed in sports injury research.
Back and shoulder pain is particularly prevalent among older bowlers. The repetitive action of bowling for long spells (usually around 2 overs) places excessive stress on the tissues of the shoulder and lumbar region. These injuries are due to the functional demands of the sport where occasional bending into the esky and ball throwing may be repeated across several hours of the day.
Research has indicated that preventative massage will be of significant benefit to your wicket count over the Christmas break, so book in and let us mobilise and stabilise that dodgy shoulder before partaking in this year’s iconic series of backyard cricket.
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