Background Injury prevention programmes (IPPs) are effective in reducing injuries among adolescent team sports. However, there is no validated cricket-specific IPP despite the high incidence of musculoskeletal injuries among amateur cricketers.
Objectives To evaluate whether a cricket injury prevention programme (CIPP) as a pretraining warm-up or post-training cool-down can reduce injury rates in amateur cricket players.
Methods CIPP is a cluster randomised controlled trial which includes 36 male amateur club teams having cricket players aged 14–40 years to be randomly assigned to three study arms: warm-up, cool-down and control (n=12 teams, 136 players in each arm). The intervention groups will perform 15 min CIPP either as a pretraining warm-up or a post-training cool-down.
Outcome measures The primary outcome measure will be injury incidence per 1000 player hours and the secondary outcome measures will be whether IPP as a warm-up is better than IPP as a cool-down, and the adherence to the intervention.
Trial registration number ACTRN 1261700047039.
- Injury prevention Programs
- pre-training exercises
- warm up
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Contributors All authors have contributed towards either the design, development or editing of the manuscript. NS (lead author) designed, conceptualised and edited the manuscript. NC assisted in the development and literature review. RS assisted in design and editing. REDF and JF assisted in a content analysis and editing.
Disclaimer The exercises recommended in this study have not been validated. Any players with acute or chronic medical conditions that restrict certain movements or exercises should consult with their team doctors or physiotherapists before performing these exercises.
Competing interests None declared.
Ethics approval The University of Sydney. Ethics reference number: 2014/849.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.
Data sharing statement The results of this pilot study will be disseminated by peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations. The study protocol is available for public use on ANZCTR website.
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