Prevalence of Muscle Strain among Cricketers-An Observational Study
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Cricket is one of the world's major team sports. Injuries in cricket are common, particularly to fast bowlers. The physical demands of the fast bowling action can have a damaging effect on the bowlers concerned. Hamstring muscle strains are common in sports that involve sprinting, acceleration, deceleration, rapid change in direction and jumping actions. There is a high hamstring muscle injury rate in fast-bowlers compared to that of other roles like batsmen and fielders any other players in cricket(1). The occurrence of hamstring strain injuries during high-speed running is generally believed to occur during terminal swing phase of the gait cycle. The aim of the study is find out the prevalence of hamstring muscle strain in fast bowlers with posterior knee pain.
The study was a observational survey study.100 male fast-bowlers between the age of 15 to 30 years, with at least 2 years of training from cricket institutions across chennai. Having posterior thigh pain was recruited for the study. Single-leg hamstring bridge test, take-off-shoe test, Bent-knee stretch test (3, 4, 5) and Resisted knee flexion test were used for evaluation.
Among the 100 players 62.17% of the players have Lateral Hamstring strain and 37.83% have Medial Hamstring strain. With 64.87% Hamstring was prevalent in dominant leg.
There is prevalence of Hamstring muscle strain in fast bowlers
Cricket, hamstring strain, Single-leg hamstring bridge test, take-off-shoe test, Bent-knee stretch test, Resisted knee flexion test.