Cluster randomised control trial for cricket injury prevention programme (CIPP): a protocol paper

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Abstract

Background

Injury prevention programmes (IPPs) are effective in reducing injuries among adolescent team sports. However, there is no validated cricket-specific IPP despite the high incidence of musculoskeletal injuries among amateur cricketers.

Objectives

To evaluate whether a cricket injury prevention programme (CIPP) as a pretraining warm-up or post-training cool-down can reduce injury rates in amateur cricket players.

Methods

CIPP is a cluster randomised controlled trial which includes 36 male amateur club teams having cricket players aged 14–40 years to be randomly assigned to three study arms: warm-up, cool-down and control (n=12 teams, 136 players in each arm). The intervention groups will perform 15 min CIPP either as a pretraining warm-up or a post-training cool-down.

Outcome measures

The primary outcome measure will be injury incidence per 1000 player hours and the secondary outcome measures will be whether IPP as a warm-up is better than IPP as a cool-down, and the adherence to the intervention.

Trial registration number

ACTRN 1261700047039.

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