n International SportMed Journal - Protective sports equipment for reducing injuries in cricket : review article
|Article Title||Protective sports equipment for reducing injuries in cricket : review article|
|© Publisher:||International Federation of Sports Medicine|
|Journal||International SportMed Journal|
|Author||Richard A. Stretch|
|Publication Date||Jan 2006|
|Pages||231 - 237|
|Keyword(s)||Cricket, Equipment and Safety|
This review focuses on synthesizing and analyzing the scientific research that has been carried out into cricket equipment. Specifically, it relates to the elements which have contributed to the safety aspects of the game, with the primary focus of the research aimed at addressing the safety aspects of batsmen who may be faced with a ball being projected up to 44m s<sup>-1</sup> from a distance of about 18 meters. The research has covered the safety aspects relating to batting gloves, helmets and pads and the thermoregulation of batting helmets and clothing worn by cricketers. Further, although cricket bats are used primarily to score runs and prevent the batsman from being dismissed, the impact and rebound characteristics of traditional English willow, Kashmir willow and composite cricket bats was assessed. <br>In conclusion, cricket equipment for batsmen has been researched and in most cases has been found to offer the cricket batsman sufficient protection. However, it is clear that there is a need for further scientific research into the design of equipment, particularly cricket bowling boots for fast bowlers.
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