The BCCI’s (Board of Control for Cricket in India) National Cricket Academy (NCA) will conduct a Sports Science and Medical Programme in Bengaluru for physiotherapists, trainers and strength and conditioning coaches from 13th June to 17th June.

Recently, BCCI stated on their website (bcci.tv.) that the five-day programme will update to the physiotherapists, trainers and strength and conditioning coaches about the latest trends in Sports Science and Sports Medicine (SSSM) and also inform them on how the senior Indian team functions.

SSSM NCA Head Andrew Leipus said, “We are looking up-skill physios and trainers across India. We want to ensure they are up to date with how the national team operates and the best way to do that is have a professional workshop and meet them face to face, educate and discuss issues.”

It is expected that over 200 physiotherapists and trainers from all over India will attend in this programme.

Leipus said, “Going forward this is going to be a mandatory programme for all those who are looking to get involved in Indian cricket.”

Leipus believes that there are going to long term benefits of having such a seminar.

According to bcci.tv., the five-day course will focus on key topics like load monitoring, orientation on the use of the BCCI database, injury definition and surveillance, cricket-specific lower limb injuries, return to play decision process (hamstring) and basic bio-mechanics, nutrition and supplementation trends.

Leipus told bcci.tv, “With the BCCI now having an online database tool, accessing information related to player injuries and work load will be fairly easy and quick. We will have combined lectures for strength and conditioning coaches and physios, where we will talk about management of injuries and monitoring work load, especially for the fast bowlers.

At any stage selectors, coaches, Patrick Farhat (Team India’s physiotherapist) or I will be able to look online and know the status of a player with regards to injury or work load.

“The BCCI has an online database and the physios working with domestic teams need to insert and update data regarding their players and we can track the status.”

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