Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) revealed its latest in a series of injury prevention and management measures of its national performance squads with the introduction of the services of former Olympic swimmer and medallist and elite athlete, Australian Podiatrist Dr. Nicholas Sprenger.
Sprenger is one of the Gold Coast’s most respected Podiatrist who practices in all aspects of conservative care of the foot and ankle, as well as post-operative care following orthopaedic surgery of the foot and ankle.
As an athlete himself, he has a special interest in Sports Podiatry and has been working with the Queensland Academy of Sports Athletes, the Queensland Rugby League Referees and the Brisbane Lions AFL.
Identifying an unusually high incidence of injuries plaguing the national performance squads (NPS) of Sri Lanka, the Executive Committee of SLC contracted the services of Sprenger, who has spent the past week in Colombo in sessions with the NPS, including the 17 players who departed the island for the Champions Trophy on Thursday (18) morning.
In sessions spanning over 30 minutes each, individual players were assessed through passive, active & dynamic testing and casting moulds prepared for each player.
Customised Orthotics will be manufactured to suit the requirements of each individual player, who will be delivered this advantage by the end of June this year.
"The use of podiatry, and in particular a podiatrist of Dr. Sprenger’s skill will help us provide the players with the best possible orthotics. This is an investment in to the future and will help improve performance, minimise fatigue and reduce the risk of injury," Nirmalan Thanabalasingam, SLC Training and Rehabilitation Manager, expressing his views on the successful sessions conducted by Dr. Sprenger, said.
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