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BCCI to start monitoring players by using a digital system to prevent injuries

India is currently on a tour of the West Indies and has a packed home season which starts from November

Zaheer Khan receiving treatment from Andrew Leipus (top) during India’s tour of Australia in 2003

The BCCI is going to start the application of a digital system that will revolve around the concept of injury prevention. The cricket body had been looking forward to minimising strain-related injuries to the players for quite some time. It is expected that the digital injury monitoring system would help to curtail the rate of injuries, especially to fast bowlers who are prone to side-strains. Apart from monitoring injuries, the digital system will measure the workload that each player is subjected to and help find solutions keep them injury-free.

The Digital System is already being used in Australia and South Africa. These ideas were formulated at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) during a workshop for physios steered by Australian physiotherapists Patrick Farhart and Andrew Leipus.

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As per the reports from The Times of India, a BCCI official said, "The board has put more emphasis on preventing injuries rather than just rehabilitation. That's why Farhart has come up with this system where there will be a digital bank in which each player's workload is entered,"

"He has discussed ways of tracking a player's workload and understanding when a player may break down. There are different parameters for batsmen and bowlers but the key is to keep monitoring the faster bowlers. The board won't have to depend entirely on local physios who are with state teams” the official added.

Indian fast bowlers in the past have faced the problem of being injured during a long series. If the digital system comes to use, such problems can be minimised to a great extent. As per the reports, another official said, "There is a spike against the name of each bowler. Once there is a rise, a possible injury can be traced a good three weeks before it aggravates. Accordingly, workload can be regulated,"

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It is also learnt that there is going to be an exclusive group of 15 physios operating across the country to keep a check on the workload of the players. The system will also be considered as a tool for the selection process.

The source also informed that the digital system will be applied on players irrespective of the state team they represent. If a player is selected for a national camp or India ‘A’, his name will be enrolled and his workload will be monitored.

The Indian cricket team is currently playing a warm-up match in St.Kitts, before the first Test against West Indies beginning on 21st July.

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