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Throwing a (cricket) ball.
« on: September 02, 2010, 09:17:19 PM »

I've had a problem that's fairly re-occuring when I go to throw a cricket ball in from the boundary or something. It probably happens once a season and then I can't throw anything for a couple of weeks.

Basically the technique I use when I throw in from the boundary is the side on throw and then sometimes (probably when I haven't warmed up) I feel something go in my inner elbow area, I don't think it's a muscle injury on either my forearm or my bicep but it feels like it's the tendon between the two that feels like it gets stretched or strained anyhow.

I've recently brought a powerball to help build up muscle around the tendon - but at the same time I do already do weights, but nothing specific - just to keep fairly in shape.

Do you think it's a technique based injury or could it be the fact that the muscle doesn't support it as much as it should which leads to a strain? I have also thought about getting a baselayer for when I field as this should give extra support to my arm when fielding - do you think this will help?
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Re: Throwing a (cricket) ball.
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2010, 09:53:28 PM »

I had a similar injury, I bought an elbow/arm support thay seemed to work I was told it could be tennis elbow, I had a dodgy elbow where my arm would go numb/weak and I could hardly throw
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Re: Throwing a (cricket) ball.
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2010, 10:11:36 PM »

Yeah sounds very similar symptoms, except Tennis elbow is meant to be the outside of the elbow isnt it? Whereas my pain is coming from the inner part of the elbow joint.

I'll look into getting a Elbow support - the baselayers do a similar thing though don't they? are they just as tight as normal supports?
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Re: Throwing a (cricket) ball.
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2010, 10:17:38 PM »

I went a pharmacy and got a really tight elbow support, made my arm like a spring haha, but it worked
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Re: Throwing a (cricket) ball.
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2010, 10:32:15 PM »

Both of you, i would consult a coach, preferably a fielding specialist, to have a look at your technique, otherwise you may end up masking serious problems, for example an irregularity in you elbow angle could cause issues with your shoulder or back for example, small issues can manifest into bigger problems if not looked at.
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Re: Throwing a (cricket) ball.
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2010, 10:34:08 PM »

Both of you, i would consult a coach, preferably a fielding specialist, to have a look at your technique, otherwise you may end up masking serious problems, for example an irregularity in you elbow angle could cause issues with your shoulder or back for example, small issues can manifest into bigger problems if not looked at.

Sound advice Greg, thanks.
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Re: Throwing a (cricket) ball.
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2010, 05:51:28 AM »

Sounds like you have a bit of a double jointed elbow. You need to correct your technique so that you throw with your shoulder rather than a snappy whip like action. Start with the arm slightly extended. Do not cock your elbow when you are about to throw. Then, lead with the shoulder and sling your arm around the shoulder joint like a wide hook.
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Re: Throwing a (cricket) ball.
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2010, 08:39:50 AM »

I know you say it only happens once a season but it could be golfers elbow (inflamation of the medial epicondylitis) basically where the tendon attaches attach to the inside of the elbow, if it is really bad (can't straighten your arm properly) get it looked at. 

Ways to prevent include strengthening your forearms and stretching properly before games and in spare time, as already said seek advice on improving your throwing if that is causing the damage.  I wouldn't play in a support, however it can help relieve the symptoms if you wear a support whilst at work or around the house.

If the area is quite tender freeze a golf ball and roll that along the area that hurts to help reduce the swelling.

I played 4 games in 6 days at the start of the season, batted for a quite a while in each and seemed to be followed by the ball whilst fielding, my arm was a mess afterwards but that was down to overuse, I haven't had the problem again since.
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