13 Mar Don’t let a stress reaction BOWL YOU OVER
The 21st of November 2019 marks the return to test cricket for our Ashes heroes as Australia take on Pakistan at the Gabba. For many of us, cricket is the summer sport that brings us all together, whether it be playing for your representative side, playing local fourth grade or just having a hit in the backyard on Boxing day.
Unfortunately, for some cricketers, especially tall and lanky fast bowlers the risk of injuries, in particular stress related injuries is heightened at the start of the season. But don’t fear, hopefully this information will help keep you in the middle and prevent you from being bowled over!
Repetitive fast pace bowling requires a rapid extension to flexion movement of the spine that can put undue stress on the vertebrae, causing a stress response or in severe cases a stress fracture.
Stress responses start when our body can’t keep up with the load that we’re putting through it. The lower back pain often feels like it comes out of nowhere and starts as a low level ache. However, it often rapidly intensifies and becomes quite debilitating if the aggravating activity isn’t modified or stopped.
Adolescents cricketers are in the highest risk population for stress related injuries, as their vertebrae aren’t as developed and as solid as the adult vertebrae are. However, that’s not to say adults can’t get lower back stress reactions with the likes of Pat Cummins and James Pattinson being the unfortunate perfect examples of this.
For fast bowlers wanting to avoid stress reactions it’s imperative to have good capacity around the muscles that support the lower back, such as your core and hip muscles.
Along with excellent muscle capacity, it’s also suggested that you follow the Cricket Australia bowling guidelines that can be found here.
If you’re a keen cricketer and you’ve started to develop lower back pain take it as a warning sign and don’t wait or try and push through! Call our friendly staff on 03 9370 0345 or click here to book in with one of our experienced physio’s to find out how we can prevent you from being bowled over!