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Too many rib ticklers? Injuries in Australian women’s cricket (PhD Academy Award)
  1. Nirmala Kanthi Panagodage Perera1,2
  1. 1 Department of Medicaland Health Science, University of Linköping, Linköping, Sweden
  2. 2 School of Health and Life Sciences, Federation University Australia, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Nirmala Kanthi Panagodage Perera, Department of Medical and Health Science University of Linköping Linköping Sweden; perera.nk{at}

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What did I do?

I provided the first detailed epidemiological profile of incidence, nature and mechanism of injuries sustained by Australian female cricketers, through compilation and analysis of multiple data sources.

Why did I do it?

I grew up playing ‘mixed’ cricket and now it is a popular sport among women around the world. While sports participation carries many health benefits, one negative consequence is an increased risk of injury in participants. Evidence-based injury prevention programmes can reduce this risk when the causes of injury are known.1 However, before my PhD, little was known about the injuries in women’s cricket.

How did I do it?

First, I conducted a systematic review of the literature describing injuries across competitive team bat-or-stick sports played by women.2

I then generated a population-based epidemiological profile of cricket injuries sustained by women from multiple existing data sets. This included: (1) Existing data sources …

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  • Funding Nirmala Kanthi Panagodage Perera was supported a Federation University Australia Postgraduate Research Scholarship via it’s scheme.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Not required.

  • Ethics approval Federation University Australia Human Research Ethics Committee.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.