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Lower back injuries
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Craig Smith

The serious injury to the lower back is a stress fracture that can put a bowler out of the game for up to a year.

Spinal stress fractures can be caused by too much bowling or by a bowling technique fault that causes your spine to twist unnaturally, resulting in a crack in the bone.

Glenn McGrath stretches his back
Get a good stretch in before bowling

It's possible to come back from a stress fracture, but the rehab process is a long one which requires dedication and commitment.

The physio will concentrate on "activating" or waking up your deep stomach muscles, as well as the small muscles that hold the vertebrae in place and work together with the deep stomach muscles to support and strengthen your back.

Bowlers should avoid working on their "six-pack" stomach muscles as these work differently to your deep stomach muscles and don't support your lower back as well.

When returning to cricket, bowlers need at least a day's rest after training and should avoid bowling indoors as this can aggravate their back pain.

A thorough warm up before bowling is essential to loosen up the spine and avoid further injuries.


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Bowling injuries
Lower back injuries
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Who has suffered with back injuries?
South Africa's Jacques Kallis and former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis have both suffered spinal stress fractures early in their careers
Jacques Kallis had to re-model his bowling action because his old action was putting too much stress on his back



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