As Hand Therapists we see that within this non-contact sport it’s common for professional and amateur cricketers to injure their hands.
The most common hand injuries in cricket are finger dislocation, fractured bones or sprained wrist. Because hand injuries can impact your field time here are some handy tips for you and ways that we can help.
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In cricket it is common for a finger dislocation where a ‘finger pops out’ or a mallet finger where the end of your finger has ‘dropped’ and you can’t straighten it. So you aren’t ruled out of the game, like Shaun Marsh was in the Cricket World Cup , here’s what to do,
- Immediately ice, Coban and buddy tape the finger in flexion.
- Request an X-ray from your GP on the same day.
- Book an appointment with a Hand Therapist who can make you a customised splint that will improve your recovery and return you to cricket as soon as possible.
Injuries in the wrist are common in both professional and amateur cricketers whilst bowling. This could be because you have injured one of the many ligaments in the wrist which may cause fluctuating pain. To make sure your wrist injury doesn’t go from bad to worse,
- Immediately after ice and rest injured wrist and,
- Book an appointment with a Hand Therapist who can make you a customised splint, assist with pain management and return you cricket as soon as possible.