|Nothing wrong with those fingers Dennis|
For many years, Dr John Orchard has been compiling injury reports in elite cricket. On the back of these papers, a great deal of good work has been done to address hamstring, groin and back injuries at all levels of cricket, with particular attention to fast bowlers and the development of appropriate workloads.
In a recent publication, Dr Orchard revisits injury incidence within an elite cricket population, and updates the injury definitions. The article is well constructed, discussing at length the most common injuries and whether rule changes might make a difference. What stood out for me having been alerted to the article via Twitter by Alex Kontouris, the Australian cricket team physio, was that in spite of ranking third for incidence and fourth for most affected body part over a ten year period, wrist and hand fractures were not discussed at all.(1)
|Does "!" make him soft?|
Getting amateur sports persons to take wrist, hand and finger injuries seriously before they become chronic is an issue I face every day in my clinic. I need someone to show me how to make Dr. Orchards' research have an impact in my clinic for the everyday athlete. Any takers?
Look after those fingers,
Refs: (1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5167453/