The impact of COVID-19 related disruption on injury rates in elite men’s domestic cricket

Luke Goggins, Nicholas Peirce, Steven Griffin, Ben Langley, Hannah Jowitt, Carly McKay, Keith Stokes, Sean Williams

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This study aimed to investigate the impact of COVID-19 enforced prolonged training disruption and shortened competitive season, on in-season injury and illness rates. Injury incidence and percent proportion was calculated for the 2020 elite senior men’s domestic cricket season and compared to a historical average from five previous regular seasons (2015 to 2019 inclusive). The injury profile for the shortened 2020 season was generally equivalent to what would be expected in a regular season, except for a significant increase in medical illness as a proportion of time loss (17% compared to historic average of 6%) and in-season days lost (9% compared to historic average of 3%) due to COVID-19 related instances (most notably precautionary isolation due to contact with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case). There was a significant increase in the proportion of in-season days lost to thigh injuries (24% compared to 9%) and a significant decrease in the proportion of days lost to hand (4% compared to 12%) and lumbar spine (7% compared to 21%) injuries. These findings enhance understanding of the impact prolonged period of training disruption and shortened season can have on cricket injuries and the challenges faced by practitioners under such circumstances.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Sports Medicine
Early online date23 Sep 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Sep 2021

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