Orthopedics and sports medicine surgeon.
- Good preparation is important
- Undertake physical training before the beginning of the season.
- Warm up and stretch before the day's cricket. Bowlers, particularly fast bowlers, should warm up before their bowling session.
- Elite cricketers, particularly fast bowlers, should undergo pre-participation screening by a professional.
- Good technique and practices will help prevent injury
- Restrict the number of overs bowled in any one session. The actual number should take into account the bowler's physical maturity. This is particularly important for young cricketers.
- Wear appropriate safety equipment
- Wear body padding when batting including gloves, leg pads, boxes and forearm guards.
- When batting, wicket keeping or fielding in close wear a cricket helmet with a faceguard that meets the Australian Standard.
- Wear protective gear during informal play as well as competition.
- Seek professional advice on appropriate cricket shoes.
- Modify rules for children
- Encourage children to play Kanga cricket as a means of developing good technique.
- Older children should participate in programs such as VicHit, organised by the Victorian Cricket Association.