Cricketers playing shorter version prone to more injuries

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Bangalore, Oct 28 (UNI) Cricketers playing shorter version of the game are more prone to shoulder injuries compared to the players of Test Matches, renowned Orthopaedic surgeon Andrew Wallace has said.

In an interview to UNI here, Dr Wallace, who successfully treated Indian Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, said the shorter version of the game puts lot of pressure on the players, which may lead to serious injuries. In test matches the players get more time to relax in between.

He said ''major injuries occur from fielding pressure and to some extent from bowling. Batting is pretty safer compared to bowling.'' Australian-born Dr Wallace, who is practicing in London, said during his 10-year-long career, he had treated patients, with shoulder injuries, from various sports like Rugby, Football, Volleyball, Cricket and Water Polo.

Apart from pressure, wrong diagnose, neglect of early pain and training without proper physiotherapist were the main reasons that aggravate the injuries in a sportsperson, he added.

Dr Wallace said during the last 10 years there had been considerable awareness on shoulder injuries, resulting from fielding pressure.

''We have realised that shoulder injuries are quiet troublesome.

It badly affects the performance of the sportsperson and jeopardise his career,'' he said.

''Recently, I witnessed T-20 match between India and Australia in Mumbai. There was tremendous pressure on the players while fielding, batting and bowling,'' he added.

Dr Wallace said playing too much of cricket or any other game may lead to shoulder injury. However, it depended on each individual's built up and how they get trained.

''A specific therapy on shoulder, modifying the bowling action and specific therapy for improving the throwing action would help to ease the pressure on the players,'' he added.


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