SLC invests in Podiatry in continued injury prevention & performance enhancement measures

Colombo, 26th June 2017;

Sri Lanka Cricket today (26) introduced former Olympic [swim] medallist and elite athlete, Australian Podiatrist Dr. Nicholas Sprenger, who has been consulted to specialize in the podiatric assessment and remedial assistance for the National Performance Squad (NPS).

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 in sessions spanning over 30 minutes each, assessed individual players through passive, active & dynamic testing.

Customised Orthotics have been manufactured to suit the requirements of each individual player, who will be delivered this advantage this week.

“As a player who benefited from the services of a Podiatrist back in 1999 when we were provided this opportunity by the then SLC President Thilanga Sumathipala, I’m really happy to see this obtained for the national players”

said former Sri Lankan new-ball seamer and Consultant Fast Bowling Coach Chaminda Vaas

“I experienced first-hand the value of corrective orthotics and, I am very happy to see SLC investing once again into these important areas that had been neglected for so long as they will reap immense benefit to the players not only in the short term, but in the long run as well” he concluded. (Chaminda Vaas)

Podiatry is the science of the study, diagnosis, and medical and surgical treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower extremity.

Sport podiatry, a sub-specialty of podiatric medicine, involves the expertise in diagnosis of foot and lower limb problems as well as treatments such as joint mobilisation, advanced biomechanical assessments, soft-tissue manipulation and trigger point therapy, advanced functional orthotic therapy, exercise rehabilitation, exercise prescription [strength and conditioning] of the lower extremities and footwear prescription for the professional, elite, amateur and young athletes. Sports podiatry covers foot and lower limb chronic overuse injuries & mechanical performance enhancement to minimise injury and to maximise efficiency.

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