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Craig Smith

The second common bowling injury occurs at the knee.

The knee cartilages, which are tissues in the knee joint that give stability and depth, can become damaged and the knee may get puffy, stiff and sore with bowling.

Pain may develop and deteriorate over time, or by a sudden twist fielding or turning.

Years of bowling will also take its toll on the knee.

Darren Gough adjusts his knee support in a one-day international
Darren Gough knee has been a huge problem

When we walk, we put weight through our bones and joints and the body has to absorb these pressures so that we don't crack up.

However with bowling, the landing leg may have to absorb forces up to 10 times the weight of the body.

You can understand how our spines, knees and ankles can, with years of bowling, develop injuries that require rest, treatment and sometimes, an operation.

Most times this isn't a serious injury and a simple arthroscopy op to clean out the knee and repair the damaged cartilage should fix the knee pain.

The knee will be a little stiff for a few days after but cycling and mobilising exercises will help to loosen it up.

The most important thing, once the stiffness has improved, is to work on the strength of the large muscles at the front of the thigh, the quadriceps muscles (or the quads).

These are the muscles that give the knee its support and strength.

So good, strong quads muscles will help take the load off the knee and also help to ease pain.

Strong quads can be achieved with step up and step down exercises, the quads bench and leg press in the gym, lunges as well as squat exercises.

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Bowling injuries
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Knee injuries
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Who has suffered with knee injuries?
England's Darren Gough was forced to retire from Test cricket because of a long-running knee cartilage injury
Another England paceman, Simon Jones, tore his anterior cruciate ligament during the first Ashes Test in Brisbane last year, an injury which kept him out of action for over nine months

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