Have you considered a Pre Season Cricket Screening?

posted Sep 11, 2012, 7:02 PM by LASP Team   [ updated Oct 7, 2014, 2:57 AM ]

With the Cricket Season well under away, have you considered a Pre-Season Screening?

Pre-Season Screening of sporting participants can help to identify those at risk of complications or injury. The physical screening of athletes is used to check the current musculoskeletal condition of the athlete and is best performed early in the pre-season phase of training. Screening allows the Physiotherapist to obtain measurements which can:

  • Identify deficits in the musculoskeletal condition, which could lead to an injury. The Physiotherapist can then provide specific exercise prescription aimed at managing the condition and reducing the risk of injury.
  • Highlight inter-player differences. This allows training programs to be specifically tailored to the individual athlete and encourage the lower level athlete to strive to higher levels of participation without injury.

A typical physical screening of athletes includes measurement of:

  • posture
  • gait assessment
  • muscle length and joint flexibility
  • neuromuscular assessment
  • functional-specific testing.

Even a base-level screening from Physiotherapist looking at posture and muscle tightness/weakness can be of great benefit to the junior team or recreational player who does not consider themselves to be an ‘athlete’.

During periods of growth (childhood and teenage years), the use of a regular screening throughout the season may be helpful. These can highlight changes in physical characteristics related to growth that predispose to injury.

Lifestyle and Sports Physiotherapy has worked closely with cricketers for many years. One of our Business Directors, Murray Ryan, is the current Physiotherapist for NSW Cricket. One of our other Physiotherapists, Shiblee Dowla, is currently working with the NSW Under 17 and Under 19 Cricket Teams. We also have a close association with local clubs and representative teams. 
If you have any questions or to arrange your Pre-Season Screening with one of our Physiotherapists, please contact us on (02) 4647 3373.
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