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ACRISP at the World Congress of Science and Medicine in Cricket

Monday, 22 July 2019

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The 2019 ICC cricket world cup concluded last week where the host nation England won the trophy by beating New Zealand in a nerve-racking final. Parallel to the ICC cricket world cup, the host nation also organise the World Congress of Science and Medicine in Cricket (WCSMC). This congress is a platform to share the latest scientific developments and research related to cricket internationally. This time, WCSMC was held for the 6th occasion at the Loughborough University in the UK with the participation of delegates from more than 20 countries.

The Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP) was represented at the conference by our former PhD scholar (at Federation University Australia), now research associate at ECU, Prasanna Gamage. Prasanna presented three studies from his doctoral thesis which were aimed towards injury prevention among Sri Lankan junior cricketers and evaluating exertional heat illness (EHI) risks during cricket play. Dr Lauren Fortington, Professor Caroline Finch AO and Dr Alex Kountouris (Cricket Australia) supervised Prasanna’s PhD work and co-authored these studies.

The first study presented at the WCSMC (poster presentation) was a narrative review evaluating current research on injury epidemiology among junior cricketers internationally. This review identified the regional differences in injury characteristics in junior cricket injury profiles among different countries, mainly from South Africa and Australia. The results highlighted the importance of directing injury prevention measures based on the injury characteristics and risks reported among the participants from that country or region.

The second study (poster presentation) was a large scale nationwide injury survey that was conducted among Sri Lankan under-15 and under-17 age group school cricketers during the 2016 major school cricket tournament. This is the first study to report prospectively-collected, epidemiological injury data among junior Sri Lankan cricketers, and to our knowledge, the first in the South Asian region, where cricket is one of the most popular participation sports. This study identified a high match injury incidence rate among Sri Lankan junior cricketers and proposed injury prevention measures specific for batters, fielders and bowlers in Sri Lankan context.

The third study (oral presentation) was an exploratory study that examines heat stress during cricket play in Sri Lanka, where environment conditions are usually hot and humid. This study observed a considerable variability among cricketers in terms of environment heat exposure and workload (intensity and duration of activity) during test-cricket play. The findings suggest importance to individualised approaches for monitoring players during test-cricket play and provides insight for future methods for individualised heat exposure monitoring in test-cricket.

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