With the Cricket Season well and truly underway, its important that we can maintain our health and fitness throughout this years rigorous fixture. We were lucky enough to spread the awareness of injuries the players may face throughout the season, at the Shane Warne Day held by our sponsor group, the Brighton District Cricket club.
In comparison to Australian Rules Football, rubgy union/ league and soccer, cricketers are exposed to differing physical demands on their body. Physical requirements of the game still expose players to repetitive actions of jogging, jumping and sprinting, which have the potential to direct forces of high impact on the structures of the lower limb.
The toes, ankles, muscles, tendons, ligaments, fasica, and the bones of the feet are at greater risk of injury. These forces whilst playing cricket have the potential to be more than two to three times our body weight, as they are completed at a faster pace than general walking speed.
Injuries in cricket are varied, as there are many positional and styles of cricket played. Below is a list of commonly experienced discomforts and injuries that cricketers may experience. Injuries are commonly more chronic and overuse related injuries, rather then acute injuries.
Potential problems and when to seek the help of a podiatrist:
- Heel pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinopathy
- Fractures to the foot and ankle
- Ankle sprains
- Posterior impingement syndrome
- Shin splints
- Lower back pain
Lack of injury awareness and treatment may potentially impact on a player’s physical ability to participate in the sport.
Early intervention may minimise the risk or development of further injuries and help improve the players function overall. A Podiatrist can do a complete biomechanical review of the players muscle, joint, ligament integrity and functioning, as well as give you information about injury prevention and footwear selection.
Let our friendly Podiatrists help put you on the right path to an injury free cricket season by calling 9131 4977 to make an appointment. Alternatively book online with Hesh or Riley by clicking here.