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Cricket injuries

Cricket injuries can range from broken fingers to serious back and shoulder problems and cause an athlete to be out for a long period of time.

Although not a sport you would immediately associate with serious injury, cricket players are consistently ruled out of matches because of strains, pulled muscles and broken bones just like any other sport.

The most common cricket injuries are to the leg and are the result of the strain incurred through fielding and bowling. Fast bowlers in particular are always at risk of muscle strains in the quadriceps and hamstrings as well ankle and knee injuries from their run up.

Most batting injuries in cricket come from the impact of the ball against the body. This often results in broken fingers, cracked ribs or even concussion when the ball strikes a batter's helmet. Shoulder injuries also occur when the batter is quickly rotating his arms to hit the ball.

Fielders often experience arm injuries through having to throw the ball with force repetitively. What people forget is that cricketers can be out in the field for days and keeping their muscles warm and flexible can be incredibly difficult.

Although not a contact sport, cricket has a wide variety of potential risks involved and, like any sport, precautions need to be taken to ensure injuries are avoided.

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