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2. Lower Back Problems in Cricketers >
3. Treatment and Prevention of Low Back Stress Fractures >
4. Using a Pressure Biofeedback Device to Contract the Stabilising Muscles >
5. Using the Stabilizer for Low Back Pain >
6. References >

Photo of cricketer with back injuryResearch findings from South Africa that were recently presented at the 1st World Congress on Sports Injury Prevention in Olso, have indicated that young fast bowlers are the players most prone to injury. The 'Gentleman's game' is far from genteel, with the athleticism and intensity of modern cricket leading to greater strain on player's bodies.

The findings of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University researchers found that bowling (41%), fielding and wicket keeping (30%), and batting (16%) accounted for the majority of the injuries. The primary mechanism of injury in these cricketers was found to be the delivery and follow through of the fast bowler (26%), fielding (23%), overuse (17%), ball impacts (7%), training (4%), and participation in other sports accounting for 3%.

Dr John Orchard has published the most in depth investigations on cricket injuries. His findings show that overall there is a relatively low incidence of injury in cricket when compared to other sports. His study of elite Australian cricketers showed that the average seasonal incidence was around 18-19 injuries per squad (25 players) per season (20 matches).

Orchard reported injury prevalence (the percentage of players missing through injury at any given time) as 14% for pace bowlers, 4% for spin bowlers, 4% for batsmen, and 2% for wicket keepers. Bowlers who had bowled more than 20 match overs in the week leading up to a match had an increased risk of sustaining a bowling injury, and this risk was further increased if a player is bowling second in a match - that is, batting first.

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