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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 …
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.