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Clinical and magnetic resonance imaging features of cricket bowler’s side strain
  1. D Humphries1,
  2. M Jamison2
  1. 1Private Practice, Sports Medicine, St Helens Hospital, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
  2. 2Tasmania Sports & Physiotherapy Clinic, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Humphries
 Private Practice, Sports Medicine, St Helens Hospital, 186 Macquarie Street, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia; drdavid{at}


The clinical features of 10 cases of lateral trunk muscle injury in first class cricket pace bowlers are described. Typically the injury occurs during a single delivery, is associated with considerable pain, and prevents the bowler from continuing. The clinical picture is typical of a muscular or musculotendinous injury. The most consistent clinical tests were focal tenderness on palpation and pain with resisted side flexion towards the painful side. The magnetic resonance image in 70% of cases was consistent with an injury to the internal oblique, the external oblique, or the transversalis muscles at or near their attachments to one or more of the lowest four ribs. The injury occurs on the non-bowling arm side. Recovery can be prolonged. The injury was a recurrence in six of the 10 cases. The biomechanics of the injury are not yet understood.

  • cricket
  • muscle strain
  • bowling

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