Shoulder pain - Cricket Injuries

Causes of shoulder pain

Rotator cuff tendonitis

Shoulder pain is common in cricket due to the repeated action of throwing the ball. In most cases shoulder pain is caused by rotator cuff tendonitis, which occurs when the tendons surrounding the rotator cuff become swollen. This injury is usually due to overuse. The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles which serves to protect the shoulder joint.

Impingement syndrome

Impingement syndrome is usually caused by rotator cuff tendonitis and occurs when the inflamed tendons become trapped in the subacromial space (the area underneath the bony protrusion at the top of the shoulder).

Symptoms of shoulder injuries

Symptoms of rotator cuff tendonitis and impingement syndrome are similar; they commonly include localised pain which may spread to the arms and back, swelling and a restricted range of movement; pain may increase when the arms are raised above the head.

Treating shoulder injuries

Treatment will usually involve resting the affected shoulder and taking medication to reduce swelling and minimise pain. In cases where symptoms are persistent, surgery may be carried out to prevent injury in the future. The shoulder should be rested until it has started to heal; gentle exercises and physiotherapy will help to gradually build strength around the joint and increase flexibility and movement.

Preventing shoulder injuries

It is important to allow sufficient rest periods between demanding sessions of physical activity. Exercises and stretches will help to increase flexibility and strength; this will help to prevent injuries in the future.

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