Cricket Stretching Routine
A cricket stretching routine, in combination with the correct cricket training, helps players to deliver optimal performances during long matches.
by Brad Walker | First Published October 14, 2010 | Updated August 31, 2017
Like athletics, cricket requires a proper strength, conditioning and stretching program. By diligently following a cricket stretching routine, players can improve their sporting ability and avoid the various injuries associated with the game.
Muscles used in Cricket
Batting, bowling and fielding are the three main activities in cricket. Depending on the activity, various different upper and lower body structures are involved. The head, neck and cervical spine muscles bear a lot of stress in cricket.
- In batting, the upper limb structures, such as the phalanges and metacarpal bones play a significant role.
- Bowling places a great deal of stress on the core muscles; particularly the lower back muscles and hips. Bowling also relies heavily on the rotator cuff muscles of the shoulder.
- For players taking care of the field, a cricket stretching routine should particularly focus on the muscles needed for throwing. These include the pectoral muscles, the rotator cuff muscles of the shoulder, and the forearm muscles.
- Since a lot of running is involved for all cricket players, significant focus on the hamstring, quadriceps and calf muscles must be included in cricket training.
The Benefits of a Cricket Stretching Routine
The following are some of the benefits of a cricket stretching routine:
- An appropriate stretching routine before a match, in combination with dynamic warm-up movements, increases the chance of optimal performance in long matches.
- A regular cricket stretching routine makes it possible for fielders to provide the explosive bursts that are required to reach for a catch or to stop the ball.
- A regular cricket stretching routine also helps to safeguard players against common sports injuries like tendinitis and muscle strains.
Despite the numerous benefits, it is important to bear in mind that stretching can have detrimental effects when done incorrectly. Improperly done stretches can over time cause permanent damage to ligaments and joint. When performing the stretching routine below, be sure to warm up first and if any of the exercises cause pain or severe discomfort, discontinue immediately. Review my article on the rules for safe stretching for more information.
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