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Common Injuries for Cricket Players

Professional cricket players are prone to a range of injuries, given the physically demanding nature of the sport. Here are some of the most common injuries that require physiotherapy:

  1. Hamstring Strains – These are the most common injuries reported in cricket1. They’re caused by sudden stretching or contraction of the hamstring muscles. Symptoms include a sudden sharp pain at the back of the thigh. Physiotherapy treatments typically include rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE), followed by exercises to restore flexibility, strength, and balance1.
    Prevention: Regular stretching and strengthening exercises for the hamstrings can help prevent these injuries.
  2. Lumbar Stress Fractures – This is a severe injury often seen in young fast bowlers1. It’s caused by repetitive stress on the lower back. Symptoms include lower back pain that worsens with activity. Treatment involves rest and physical therapy exercises to strengthen core muscles1.
    Prevention: Bowlers should limit the number of overs they bowl in training and matches. Regular strength and conditioning exercises for the lower back can also help.
  3. Ankle Sprains – These occur due to sudden twisting or rolling of the ankle2. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and difficulty walking. Treatment involves RICE, followed by exercises to restore mobility, strength, and balance2.
    Prevention: Balance and coordination exercises can help prevent ankle sprains.
  4. Shoulder Injuries – These can range from rotator cuff strains to dislocations3. They’re often caused by repetitive throwing or bowling actions. Symptoms include shoulder pain and reduced range of motion. Physiotherapy treatments can include pain management strategies, manual therapy, and exercises to improve shoulder mobility and strength3.
    Prevention: Regular shoulder strengthening and flexibility exercises can help prevent these injuries.
  5. Knee and Ankle Strains – These are caused by rapid changes in direction or speed4. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and difficulty moving the affected joint. Treatment involves RICE, followed by exercises to restore mobility and strength4.
    Prevention: Regular strength training and flexibility exercises for the lower body can help prevent these injuries.
  6. Side Strains – This is a common injury in bowlers, caused by forceful rotation and side bending of the trunk5. Symptoms include sharp side pain during specific movements. Treatment involves rest, followed by gradual return to sport with physiotherapy guidance5.
    Prevention: Core strengthening exercises and improving bowling technique can help prevent side strains.
  7. Lower Back Stress Fractures – These occur due to overuse, especially in bowlers5. Symptoms include gradual onset of lower back pain. Treatment involves rest, pain management, and physiotherapy exercises to improve core stability5.
    Prevention: Regular core strengthening and flexibility exercises, along with limiting the number of overs bowled, can help prevent these injuries.

Physiotherapists play a key role in helping athletes recover from these injuries through personalized treatment plans that include pain management strategies, manual therapy, and targeted exercises. They can also provide education on injury prevention strategies and safe training practices.


  1. PMC – Injuries in Cricket ? ?2 ?3 ?4
  2. Peak Physio – Sports Physiotherapy: Classic Cricket Injuries ? ?2
  3. Physio Yves – Most Common Cricket Injuries and How to Treat Them ? ?2
  4. Complete Physio – Cricket Injuries and how to avoid them ? ?2
  5. Wikipedia – Common injuries in cricket ? ?2 ?3 ?4