A specially designed programme is of critical importance to help players return to action effectively.
Indian wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha’s injury has raised a lot of questions. But as a professional sportsperson, one has to move on and seek the best remedial measure to come out of the injury and return to the squad with full fitness.
As far as Saha is concerned, he is a very fit player in all aspects and a very dedicated professional who always looks out to push boundaries. He is a silent warrior about his fitness regime and his overall fitness.
The recovery protocols need to be monitored professionally to get him back to the squad. The slap injury is believed to take at least four to five months to heal and for the athlete to get into full fitness and range of movement. To get into this process there are many exercise protocols available to get the shoulder strength and stability back. Some of the exercises — to move in a positive direction with professional help — are listed below.
The player’s goals are very important in achieving what one hopes to achieve, which will also reduce the margin of error in recovery. Since Saha is a topclass wicketkeeper, he needs to work on the specifically designed programme for his goal. An individual’s injury prevention and recovery programme has to vary according to the skill set. For example, a fast bowler’s needs are totally different from a wicketkeeper’s needs in use of the shoulder musculature compartment, the angles, the force gener ated and the force reduction. So a specially designed programme is of critical importance to help players return to action effectively. The following guidelines would help in understanding the needs.
Prevention vs recovery
Different sets of exercise regimes may be required for prevention and recovery of shoulder injuries. Some of the exercises are for prevention and some would be used for recovery, but there may be some crossover exercise patterns. If one had already undergone a surgery, the protocols would be totally different in the recovery phase.
If one has experienced chronic and repetitive shoulder pain over a period of time or whether it is a new but very painful injury, your next step is to see a sports medicine doctor or physical therapist immediately. Especially if you have already tried some conservative treatments such as sports massage, dry needling, active release therapy etc.
Different strokes for different folks
The treatment and exercise protocols for a rotator cuff strain, labrum tear, frozen shoulder etc can be totally different for each player’s unique anatomy, symptoms, diagnosis, goals, time frame and skill set.