With spring now upon us, many individuals will look forward to playing summer sports soon, such as golf, cricket and lawn tennis. But now can be a dangerous time for injuries.
With the government’s roadmap out of lockdown targeting March 29th for a reopening of golf courses, opening of tennis courts and the resumption of team sports, spring will be an exciting time for many as they seek to get a club, racquet or bat in hand.
Of these sports, cricket carries the greatest risk of injuries. Tennis and golf are usually affected most by muscle strains through over exertion, especially tennis where plenty of hard running and changes of direction are required. Cricket, however, can bring a variety of risks.
While not a sport requiring supreme fitness to play even at the top level – as larger than life West Indies bowler Rahkeem Cornwall has shown – the danger of muscle injuries is apparent and pre-season warm-ups can be a dangerous time as players train for the season ahead.
While Rahkeem Cornwall bowls finger spin off a minimal run-up, faster bowlers will strain nerve and sinew by charging to the crease and slinging the ball down with great force. This can cause side strains, shin splints and shoulder joint strains, especially if done in nippy weather without adequate warm-ups. Wrist-spinners can also suffer strains to their shoulders and wrists.
Anyone in the vicinity suffering from such injuries should seek sports therapy in Maidenhead, to avoid these injuries becoming persistent and ruining the summer before it has even begun.
Strains are not the only risk players may face. As a hard ball game the risk of bruising and even fractures is present for fielders and batsmen alike. At club level, equipment is sometimes limited and techniques often wanting, although the bowling is nothing like as quick as that faced at international level.
Nonetheless, some players will find they need physiotherapy to recover from fractures and get back on the field.
Above all, if you have a sporting injury, don’t ignore it, but get help. That way you can be pain-free and back performing at your best as soon as possible.