- Warming up, cooling down and stretching,
- Proper conditioning.
- Regular sports massage and a good diet.
- Having the right equipment.
Cricketers are becoming fitter and are able to put their bodies under more strain in the course of the game. Injuries usually occur by one of two methods; those caused through overuse and those caused suddenly by impact or unco-ordinated movement. It is possible to reduce your chances of both by:
Warming up is often overlooked but should be part of your injury prevention routine. A good warm will:
A warm up should consist of:
Gentle jog to circulate blood and oxygen supplying the muscles with more energy to work with.
Stretching to increase the range of motion at joints. Emphasis should be placed on stretching the lower back, shoulders, hamstrings and calf muscles - but do not neglect the rest.
The warm up should last around 10 - 15 minutes. If you are in the field for long periods of time, keep warm, stay mobile and stretch regularly. If you have to wait a long time before batting, the same applies. Common Cricketing Injuries:
This is also often overlooked in favor of the bar but can help avoid injuries and boost performance. The aim of the cool down is to:
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