How To Avoid The Pain Of Wicket Keeper Legs
, 4 min reading time
, 4 min reading time
A must read for any wicket keeper, young or old, male or female. If you go into a cricket season without doing any fitness work, you are going to suffer the day or two after the game, deservedly so in my opinion. But spare a thought for the wicket keeper, how does he or she avoid the pain of the wicket keeper leg syndrome?
If you go into a cricket season without doing any fitness work, you are going to suffer. Especially the day or two after a game, deservedly so in my opinion. But spare a thought for the wicket keeper. How does he or she avoid the pain of the wicket keeper legs syndrome?
Clearly it helps if you play a winter sport. Playing hockey helps, as you will be keeping mobile and maintaining some sort of fitness levels. But, as a wicket keeper you will still need to do some specific pre-season drills and fitness. This helps regain your core strength and improves your resistance to the jelly leg problem. Wicket Keeper leg pain hits keepers hardest during or following the first game of the season.
As a wicket keeper I recommended that you do specific exercises that build your core stability. Whether you do a winter sport or not, any form of exercise pre-season will help. These include stretches that develop the key areas of a wicket keeper – groin, hip flexors, quads and hamstrings.
Follow these simple drills and approach to wicket keeping fitness. As I am sure, after your first game you will not be struggling to drive home. Whilst going down the stairs the following day will be easier. And walking as if you have the body of a 95 year old will be a thing of the past.
Through the season these exercises can be maintained or add some variety. A Lusum Speed Agility Kit has speed ladders, hurdles and cones that can help keep drills fun and rewarding. Whilst also working on your core strength and conditioning. These agility kits are also available from Amazon at the following link
If you suffer any pain when doing any exercise, please be careful and seek medical advice.