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Making junior cricket safer for Sri Lanka (PhD Academy Award)
  1. Prasanna J Gamage
  1. School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Western Australia, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Prasanna J Gamage, School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, WA 6027, Australia; p.gamage{at}

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What did I do?

My aim was to identify areas where cricket could be made safer for junior players in Sri Lanka. For this, I studied the types of musculoskeletal injuries that occur and what injury risks players perceive there to be. Because of its geographical location in south Asia, Sri Lanka has a hot and humid climate. Therefore, I also explored the potential for exertional heat illness (EHI) in this population. Conducting research in Sri Lanka, with limited resources and infrastructure was a challenging task but the potential to make an impact on the safety of so many junior players made this a particularly valuable research experience.

Why did I do it?

Cricket is immensely popular in Sri Lanka, enjoyed competitively and socially by a large number of participants. To date, no studies have examined safety in junior cricketers in Sri Lanka. As such, there is huge potential for injury prevention measures to make a substantial impact on player safety. I undertook my research in order to provide reliable information to Sri Lankan …

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  • Funding Gamage was supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship at Federation University Australia, Ballarat.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

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