Cricket: more than a game for the new doctor of the Pakistani cricket team

He decided to pursue his doctoral studies and approached Cricket Australia to discuss injury prevention ideas. I went to Cricket Australia and said they were well covered internationally, but at a basic level, at the level of club cricket, not much work has been done. “There was not much basic data on why injuries, physical characteristics or risk factors, or how we can develop programs to mitigate those risks,” says Soomro.

“So I came up with a solution to develop an application where players can report injuries immediately, and I might prefer to visit the person before moving from ground to ground.” He also researched what other sports did to prevent injuries and collected data on 12,000 cricket players around the world – studying more than a million hours of cricket and more than a million articles on injuries.

His diploma thesis, Cricket injury preventioncooperation with Cricket Australia, led to the creation of the free mobile application TeamDoc and the development of the world’s first cricket injury prevention program (CIPP).

Soomro continued to work as a resident physician at regional hospitals in Victoria and Western Australia – while working with many sports teams, including Dalyellup Beach Cricket Club, Mallee Murray Bulls and South Broken Hill Cricket Clubs, Cricket NSW, IronMan WA, West Coast Fever Netball , St George Dragons Rugby League Club and FIFA, before becoming a team physician for South Fremantle Football Club.

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