Maintaining performances

15 November 2017

For any cricketer, whether professional or amateur, being able to maintain their performances on the field across a six-month period is one of the most important aspects.

Looking after your body is crucial to consistent performances, and as Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club’s latest partner we're working to provide every cricketer with an opportunity to better understand injuries within the sport.

Spire Nottingham Hospital, who also sponsor the Nottinghamshire Women’s and age group shirts, are aiming to educate cricketers on the likeliest injuries they will sustain and how to prevent them.

“When cricketers are out in the field, picking up the ball, turning and reaching - that’s where their injuries to the shoulder tend to occur as opposed to bowling, where people are more conditioned,” said Consultant Shoulder Surgeon John Geoghegan.

“Injuries tend to grumble on across a season and it’s important to identify what’s wrong and when to approach a physio or a surgeon to help them out.”

Physio Carl Butler added: “The biggest thing from our perspective is load. So often the reasons why injuries happen in the first place is overload or poor mechanism of control overall round the shoulder.

“A key thing for us is to look at how players move in terms of mobility, how well they control their movement and how much strength they’ve got through that range of movement and then slowly work on building those things up.”

Situated just 10 minutes down the road from Trent Bridge, Nottinghamshire players have also been grateful for a facility that has helped them identify injuries quickly.

“I suffered a stress fracture in my back so I had to go from playing, to nothing, in the space of a couple of days,” said Nottinghamshire fast bowler Ben Kitt.

“I had a scan on Tuesday, found out my results in the evening. That was followed by a CT scan, and I had those results by Thursday evening.

“So, by Friday morning, I had everything I needed to know, which is going to help make sure that I’m fit for the start of the season and ready to go on our pre-season tour," said Ben. 

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