Stuart Broad leaves the Ashes series

It was after the first ball of the Adelaide test in the Ashes when bowler Stuart Broad, knew something wasn’t quite right. After getting through three overs, the stabbing pain in his stomach grew worse. Broad had an ultrasound off the field and it was confirmed he had a grade 3 tear.  A freak injury, which was later superseded as a 4cm tear in his abdominal muscle.

Broad's Stomach TearAfter an injection to the injury and a flicker of hope, Broad stepped into the nets and bowled a couple of bouncers. He felt like he couldn’t breathe, and knew from then he was out of the series.

Various articles relayed Broad’s story expressing how the injury has cut short his long term dream of playing for England in an Australian Ashes series. At 24 years old, I am confident Broad can find a full recovery with the right rehab and team around him. Broad will be off the field for 8-10 weeks. From the time of his injury till now, he is nearing 2 weeks.

The cricket lads, as most sport teams are a tight bunch, on and off field. Broad talks about how keeping his mates, and the World Cup in February, at the forefront of his mind will help him to get on with the rehab. The World Cup is 9 weeks away.

As an athlete and physio myself I am a big believer in having a rehab plan, clear goals, and an active support system around yourself when preparing for a match, game, race, or when you’re working towards health and recovery.

The mind is as much a part of the sport, or the injury, as the body.