South African Journal of Sports Medicine

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Seasonal incidence and nature of cricket injuries among elite South African schoolboy cricketers

NM Milson, JG Barnard, RA Stretch


Objective. To identify the incidence and nature of injuries sustained by elite South African schoolboy cricketers.
Design. Data were collected retrospectively using a questionnaire. Cricketers recalled all injuries from June 2003 to May 2004.
Setting. The population consisted of 196 cricketers representing all provincial teams in the 2004 under-19 Coca- Cola Khaya Majola cricket week.
Results. Sixty-seven injuries were sustained by 196 cricketers, with an incidence of 34.2% during the period under review. Injuries occurred during matches (71.6%), throughout
the season due to repetitive stresses sustained during matches and practices (14.9%), during practice (11.9%) and during other forms of training (1.5%). Bowling accounted
for 50.7% of the injuries, fielding 32.8%, batting 14.9% and the remaining 1.5% occurred while warming up or training. The primary mechanism of injury occurred during the delivery stride and follow through of the fast bowler (34.3%). Eighty seven per cent of the injuries were first-time injuries while 13% were recurrent. Most injuries (40.6%) reported were severe and took the cricketers more than 21 days to recover. Cricketers were more prone to injury during December and January.
Conclusion. The incidence and nature of injuries have been recorded and potential risk factors for injury have been identified. It is suggested that coaches and cricketers
partake in continuous educational processes that focus on all the physical, mental and technical components necessary for success in cricket, with a national database

South African Journal of Sports Medicine Vol. 19 (3) 2007: pp. 80-84
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