On average, around 9% of cricketers have an injury at any given time, although in fast bowlers over 15% are injured at any given time.
There are very different physical demands involved in different types of cricket, which has meant the injury profile is slightly different between five day Test Matches, 3 day matches and one day matches. The launch of Twenty20 cricket has placed a new physical requirement on cricketers, although it is too early for the effects of these demands to be analysed in sports injury research.
Low back pain is particularly prevalent among younger fast bowlers. The repetitive action of bowling for long spells places excessive stress on the tissues of the lower back, where stress fractures of the vertebra (Spondylolysis) can develop.
Research has indicated that muscle Cricket injuries such as Hamstring Strains and Side Strains are the most common cricket injuries. These Cricket injuries are due to the functional demands of the sport where occasional sprinting and ball throwing may be repeated across a seven hour day.
Cricket may be a relatively slow-paced game, but still injuries can occur. Most Cricket injuries occur in cricket as a result of players being hit by the ball. In addition, bowling can occur shoulder injuries and pulled muscles. Fielders, who often spend long periods of time standing still, may become injured when they are called to make sudden movements.
Pilates and yoga can help prevent cricketing injuries by improving reflexes and strengthening the entire body. A strong, supple body is less likely to become injured especially using cricket Stretches.
Pilates Enhances Performance of Australian cricket star, Shane Watson
“It says a lot that I was able to get back so quickly this time after a hamstring strain… My inner-core strength used to be really poor, but I’ve been working on getting that strong. I’m doing a lot of Pilates and Yoga Cricket stretches. I’m doing less gym work and more running to get my body used to what it needs to do.”
Yoga is Australia’s secret weapon, By Catharine Munro, October 30, 2004
For the first time, a yoga teacher has joined the logistics team supporting the Australians, giving them the chance to explore the Indian secret to mental and physical discipline.
Opening batsman Justin Langer was quick to sign up. A long-time martial arts fighter, he had been meaning to get around to yoga for years.
Four weeks into the tour, he has been a stalwart of the sessions that run for 1¼ hours after play. He says they have balanced the “flogging” he gives his body in training sessions.
They have also aided the recovery essential to enduring five-day tests and which has become harder now he is 33 years old.
“I have never felt fitter and stronger, I just feel really good, I feel really in tune with my body,” he said. During a break in the Indian series Langer decided to immerse himself further.”