INJURY EPIDEMIOLOGY AND INJURY PREVENTION IN ELITE ENGLISH AND WELSH CRICKET

  • Luke Goggins

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

Abstract

The programme of research presented in this thesis aimed to understand the injury profile of men’s domestic and women’s international pathway cricket in England and Wales to inform injury prevention strategies that can reduce injury burden in the game.

The first study of this thesis (Chapter 3) establishes the extent of the injury situation in elite senior men’s domestic cricket in England and Wales, with bowling the most high risk activity, the thigh the most common body area injured and lumbar spine injuries the most prevalent. Similar injury profiles were found across the three domestic competition formats. Chapter 4 identified a moderate reduction in injury burden to be associated with potentially worthwhile effects on performance for a men’s senior domestic cricket team in County Championship Division 1, but not Division 2. This association may be valuable when communicating the importance of injury prevention to First-Class County Cricket (FCCC) club stakeholders. Chapter 5 explored the current injury risk perceptions and injury prevention practices of practitioners working within this environment and found the top perceived risk factors to be previous injury, physical fitness, accumulated fatigue, reduced recovery time, and training load. Communicating the purpose and value of player monitoring was found to be important for buy-in and adherence, which can be facilitated through effective working relationships with key stakeholders. The findings also identified that more needs to be done to support practitioners in cricket with appropriate player monitoring methods and analysis. Chapters 6 and 7 focused on understanding the current injury situation (Chapter 6) and risk factors (Chapter 7) in women’s international pathway cricket that should provide practical insights for practitioners working in this rapidly developing area of the sport.

Overall, the findings from this work confirms the importance of injury prevention efforts and communicates their value for all stakeholders in elite men’s domestic and women’s international development pathway cricket. The knowledge gained from these investigations should also highlight the need for continued consistent data collection, support for practitioners to aid their understanding, effective application of player monitoring practices, and appropriate analysis strategies for the dynamic and complex nature of sport injury data.
Date of Award16 Jun 2021
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Bath
SupervisorSean Williams (Supervisor), Keith Stokes (Supervisor) & Carly McKay (Supervisor)

Keywords

  • Injury
  • Epidemiology
  • Sport
  • Performance
  • Machine Learning

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