Physio Talk

September 04, 2016
Steve Chapman

Please meet Drew who is a highly skilled Physio and a close friend of mine. He has been heavily involved over a long period of time with my business, helping cricketers with injuries (especially bowlers with stuffed backs!). Drew has kindly offered his time to write a couple of articles for me to circulate which I hope you find interesting!! Over to you Drew..

Hello all,
As footy seasons head into finals, and although many of you will still be playing, just as many have resumed pre-season training. The first junior and senior matches of the season are just around the corner. So to kick off my physio contribution, I thought I’d start with the basics; Cricket Fitness!
How fit are you??
Been hibernating too much over the winter?
As a long time player in the past, and now observer and practitioner in the game, it’s fair to say historically cricket has by comparison to footy and other sports a low fitness perception – that it’s easy to potter about, have a hit and a giggle and stand in the field.
But consider this:
  • In a given day of cricket there is up to 6 hours of play (and juniors then playing seniors perhaps 10), often in scorching conditions.
  • Fast bowlers in test cricket have been measured to cover up to 18km on field in a day when bowling up to 20 over’s. (on-ballers in AFL perhaps cover a maximum of 14-15 with rests and rotations)
  • Although not a “contact” sport, all players (consider a whole day in the centre scoring tons, or chasing a batsman’s ‘wagon wheel’ all over the ground) how much sprints, long runs, stop – starts, running between wickets , cheeky singles, diving jumping rolling, throwing etc
  • High velocity stressful repetitive motions with bowling and batting.
It’s fair to ask the question; why should cricket be any less demanding (if not more) than footy codes, and court sports played over shorter periods?? Personally I feel from all ages to elite that cricket still lags behind the football codes in this country in terms of time, money and effort put into sports medicine approaches with teams –  from injury research to simple presence of fitness staff and application of strength and conditioning principles.
Let’s face it – all principles of fitness apply; cardiovascular fitness, resistance training, flexibility, core strength etc
If we are at least considering these things, then we surely are enabling a capacity for better endurance, performance and most definitely injury prevention. At the very least two areas of constant interest and questions for me is preparation/ warm up and recovery.
At a glance EVERYBODY should be on top of warming up/ cooling down strategies and have a routine:
Preparation and Warm Up for Matches and Training
DO: Less static stretching immediately prior, and more “ballistic” movements, e.g. leg and arm swings, squats/squat jumps spinal twists, specific skill movements. Get the joints moving and get blood to the muscles.
Cool Down and Recovery
DO: More static stretches, ice (where needed), cold water immersion – especially so where available the next day – and bear in mind nutrition.
Stretching for flexibility DAILY.
Simple really, but ask yourselves how well do you have all the above covered??
To finish on a couple of clichés, remember failure to prepare is preparation for failure, and you most definitely get out what you put in.
P.s Do not hesitate to contact me about any queries or questions on

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