Cricket – the quintessential English sport. Though the modern game is a far cry from the days of it being a hobby for the upper classes, cricket still has a somewhat undeserved reputation as the gentle sport. After all, it lacks the raucous atmosphere of football, the shuddering impact of rugby and the one-on-one intensity of tennis.
However, you’ll find few voices within the game agreeing that playing cricket is an easy life. With a few not-so-honourable exceptions, modern day players are athletes, and cricket injuries are as potent a risk as they are in any other sport.
There is a range of different cricket injuries which players could experience, some of these can have long-term lasting consequences.
5 common cricket injuries
- Broken fingers
This is number one on the list for a reason, the number of possible causes. A fast delivery catching the protective glove on the wrong place, a heroic, but painful, attempt to catch a well-hit shot, taking an awkward tumble when fielding the ball… the possibilities for broken fingers in cricket are virtually limitless. Anyone who has played the game for any length of time will have suffered it at least once.
Sometimes, even all the padding in the world, over your forearm, side, thigh, shins and other particularly sensitive areas – isn’t enough. If that solid red ball whizzes down at 90 mph and gets through your defences, you’re going to get bruised.
- Side strains
Just ask England paceman Jimmy Anderson, a regular sufferer. Given the shape fast bowlers contort their bodies into when delivering the ball, it’s unsurprising that side strains are a common cricket injury.
- Knee injuries
Again, look at a bowler’s body shape as he releases at the crease. There’s a huge amount of downward pressure travelling through the front leg. The kind that only thorough warm ups and dedicated exercise programmes can help combat.
- Twisted ankles
A slip (the action, not the fielding position) in the outfield, a trip over the boundary rope or, as was famously the case with Glenn McGrath in 2005, treading on a stray ball. There are any number of ways to suffer a twisted ankle playing cricket.
Making a claim
If you are injured playing sport in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be due personal injury compensation. A quick call to the experts at Accident Advice Helpline can set you on your way. There’s no obligation, so call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 if calling from a mobile and talk to us today! You can also take a 30-second online test to determine your claims eligibility.
Date Published: February 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice