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Injury surveillance system for junior cricketers

Senior Orthopaedist Mandeep Singh Dhillon, who has been appointed as consultant doctor by the BCCI, will lead the pilot project.

india Updated: Dec 20, 2007 22:47 IST

An injury surveillance system will soon be put in place for documentation and recording of injuries and medical problem of junior cricket players in Punjab.

Senior Orthopaedist Mandeep Singh Dhillon, who has been appointed as consultant doctor by the BCCI, will lead the pilot project.

"I will be working on this pilot project in association with Punjab Cricket Association. First, we will take about 100 players, both at Under-19 and Under-14 and keep keep their database," Dhillon told reporters here on Friday.

"This is a specialised computer software that would be developed on the pattern of the Australian Cricket Board and the English cricket and county Boards," he added.

Dhillon said that the physiotherapist of the West Indies cricket team had recently visited him to coordinate the interaction between the medical teams of the two nations.

"Unfortunately, in no sporting discipline in India do we have injury surveillance system for sports persons, most of whom still do not have access to qualified people like sports trainers, sports physiotherapists and sports psychologists," Dhillon rued.

Dhillon said he was planning to undertake study on knee arthiritis, a desease which some wicket-keepers counter later in their life as they exert too much pressure on their knees in their career.

"We will be studying what problems wicket-keepers face when they retire. We will study this aspect in detail," he said.