Legendary Australia National Cricket Team pacer Brett Lee has shared a video on his official YouTube channel about how to avoid injuries a few days after the premier India National Cricket Team pacer Jasprit Bumrah officially got ruled out of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 with a back injury.
Lee represented the Australia National Cricket Team in 76 Test games and bagged 310 wickets at an economy of 3.46 and an average of 30.8. He played 221 ODI games and claimed 380 wickets at an economy of 4.76 and an average of 23.4. Also, he played 25 T20 International games and bagged 28 wickets at an economy of 7.86 and an average of 25.5.
In a video shared on his official YouTube channel on Wednesday, Brett Lee spoke about how bowlers can avoid injuries. He also said that the pacers should not lift heavy weights in the gym as lean-muscle mass is the key to bowling the deliveries at a fast pace.
“We see lots of bowlers lifting heavy weights like squats, leg press, body weights, bench press, bicep-curls … I want to make it clear gym work is important but if you want to bowl over 150ks, lean-muscle mass is the key.
“Don’t be lifting heavy weight it’s slow (arm) action. You need fast-twitch muscles for fast bowling. You got to be able to run, to sprint, Brett Lee said on his YouTube channel.
Ice baths are over-rated – Brett Lee
Lee further talked about his rehabilitation to recover from injuries. He elaborated:
“I would do a lot of soft-sand running; it would take the impact off my ankle, my knees and my back. I then supplement it by running on the grass and you feel like you are running super quick. Do the hard work on sand and then run on grass,” Lee said.
“Once you are not too bulky, because you have to think too every kilogram you carry extra is the force going through your front foot. When bowlers bowl, they are like two times their body weight. If you weight 90kilos, it’s like 180 kilos going through their front ankle.
“I was 16 times my body weight, and so had to six ankle operations but it was also why I bowled fast because of pressure and power. A bit like Pole vaulter, getting through and over your action.”
Legendary pacer Brett Lee further slammed the usage of ice baths, which are used in modern-day cricket for recovery from an injury. Lee labelled ice baths as overrated and rubbish.
“When it comes to Icebaths, they are over-rated. There is no scientific evidence to prove that they work. They are great here in India, or subcontinent, to drop your core temperature, but if someone out there wants me to show a [scientific] paper on Icebaths if they can prove it they can flush out nitric acid, bring it on. I reckon they are rubbish.
“And more importantly, get a 8-hour sleep and hydration. If you don’t get proper sleep and if you are not hydrated, your chance of getting injured goes up. And your brain can’t think properly. Light muscle mass, plenty of sleep, hydration, warm-ups .. keep it simple!”
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