Am I fit to play Doc?? This is most frequent as well as the most challenging question Sports physiotherapists face in the sporting arena.
This article would give an insight on the role of a sports physio on the cricket field right from the time the team arrives to the ground to the end of play. As soon as the team arrives on the ground, the physio would check with the local manager/authorities on the emergency procedures like the availability of a Doctor on the ground during play, nearby hospitals, ambulance, stretcher etc. The other pre warm-up requisites would be to make sure that the sports drinks and the ice-bags are ready. Players requiring prophylactic strapping would be taped before warm-up. Generally, players with a recent history of Ankle sprain would be given adequate support just to prevent any recurrences of injury. A few players might need finger tapes just to reduce the ball impact during fielding drills after warm-up.
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