Injury in Brief

A Side Strain is fairly common injury in cricket bowlers. A Side Strain is a tear of the Internal Oblique, the External Oblique, or the Transversalis fascia at the point where these muscles attach to the four bottom ribs on the side opposite the bowling arm.

In cricket the bowlers suffer the Side Strain on the non bowling arm side as a result of a forcible contraction of the muscle on that side while they are fully stretched as the bowling arm is cocked for bowling. The affected muscle is forcibly stretched beyond its limits and the muscle tissue becomes torn.

The immediate treatment for a Side Strain injury consists of rest, ice, and compression (never apply ice directly to the skin). This is aimed at reducing the bleeding and damage within the muscle tissue. Core Strength and Core Stability exercises can improve muscle function across the trunk and pelvis and this can reduce the risk of another Side Strain.

Common Side Strain signs & symptoms:

  • Feeling on tightness on the side of the lower ribs.
  • Sharp pain on the side of the lower ribs opposite bowling arm.
  • Pain on leaning away from the affected side.






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