Cricket – Technique – As Important As Protective Gear [analysis]

Following the tragic death of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, much focus has been on protecting players. As important, if not more important, is that players are taught the right technique from a very young age.

Following the tragic death of Phillip Hughes last week, much has been made about the safety of cricket and, in particular, the safety of the protective gear players wear. Hughes died after being hit in the neck by a bouncer. The impact caused a haemorrhage in the brain. The injury itself – in medical terms, a vertebral artery dissection, leading to subarachnoid haemorrhage – is an incredibly rare condition. Call it a freak accident, if you will. But, of course, one freak accident is an accident too many.

Hughes also wasn’t the first cricket player to die while playing in recent times. Just last year, South African Darryn Randall was hit in the head by a bouncer during a club game. He is believed to have died instantly on the pitch. A number of others have died through injuries sustained while batting, most often from being hit in the head, but from time to time, also being hit in the chest.


Source : Daily Maverick