Research suggests that the total number of deliveries bowled in a week is closely linked to the potential for injury. In First Class Cricketers of average age 27, it has been shown that total workloads of more than 170 balls per week, results in a 1.45 times increase in the risk of injury (www.cricketsmart.cricket.com.au).
The loads undertaken by adolescents need to be considered as they are in phases of growth and particular stages of motor development.
With regards to bowling it is recommended that the following guidelines be adopted for junior cricketers’ training schedules.
U-10/ 1 session per week, 24 balls
U-11/ 1 session per week, 24 balls
U-12/ 2 sessions per week, 24 balls
U-13/ 2 sessions per week, 30 balls
U-14/ 2 sessions per week, 30 balls
U-15/ 2 sessions per week, 30 balls
U-16/ 2 sessions per week, 36 balls
U-17/ 3 sessions per week, 36 balls
U -18/ 3 sessions per week, 42 balls
U-19/ 3 sessions per week, 48 balls
*substitute at least one practice session for each additional match played in the week
For more info contact Mel Turner – Sports Physiotherapist Port Macquarie