While it may not appear a particularly dangerous sport at first glance, cricket accidents can and do happen. Cricket may be a sport which involves breaks for lunch and tea, with matches delayed at the first drop of rain, but don’t underestimate it as a dangerous sport. The weight of a hard, leather cricket ball, and the speed at which it travels, means injuries when playing cricket are both common and painful.
If you are a cricketer you should therefore take heed of these important safety checks to make to prevent a cricket accident when playing cricket.
Wear the right protection when playing cricket
If you have not been supplied with protective equipment before playing cricket then you should ask your coach to make sure that it is available.
The following protective wear is important when playing cricket:
- Thigh pads
- Inner thigh pads
- Chest pads
- Abdominal guards
- Arm guards
You are also advised to wear appropriate cricket shoes to avoid any unnecessary slip, trip or falls. Cricket shoes also have extra protection on the toe of the boot, which reduces the damaging impact of a ball.
Other precautions to take when playing cricket
- Wear a hat and use sun cream on hot, sunny days.
- Check before you start that there is an operational first aid kit in the vicinity of your match or training.
- Do not let injured players return to the game before receiving the right medical attention.
- Warm down once the game has finished. Whilst the sport does involved plenty of waiting and standing in the outfield, cricket also includes short, sharp sprints, such as running into bowl and sprinting quickly between the wickets. It is vital, therefore, that you warm down afterwards. It only takes five minutes of stretching and slow jogging, emphasising the movement of the muscles used most during a game. Normally, these muscle groups are your legs, lower back and shoulders.
Making a claim for a cricket accident
As a player or spectator, if you have been involved in a cricket accident you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim. Our team of advisors here at Accident Advice Helpline will be able to offer you the advice and support you need should you wish to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
We have over 15 years’ experience in helping clients to claim compensation for both personal injury claims and public place accidents. Call us now on 0800 689 0500, or on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: October 5, 2016
Author: Accident Advice