Leicestershire CCC player recovery time improved since entering new partnership
Leicestershire County Cricket Club’s player recovery time has been majorly improved since entering a partnership with B-Cure Laser producers Good Energies Ltd.
The Running Foxes partnered with B-Cure Laser in May, seeking to support the growth of a young and developing team, primarily using the low-level laser therapy device in its sports science and medicine department.
As the side begins the Royal London Cup competition, head physio Will Garvey has been blown away by the startling results.
He said: “We’ve had the devices for a little while now. Thankfully, we’ve had a good year with no major injuries, but we have used them on some smaller knocks.
“At the start, I was fairly sceptical – I’ve always felt that the body heals when the body heals, but I have noticed that actually people are getting better quicker when they use the device.
“What we are seeing with the device is that the timeframes for injuries are reduced and players are returning faster.”
When one of the squad picked up a finger injury during a Friday evening match just a few weeks into the season, Garvey expected up to a week on the sidelines. But with matches coming thick and fast, he was keen to minimise the time out with injury.
Garvey explained: “We have a very hectic schedule at the moment, but we had a jarred finger in the field. The lad came to see me and he couldn’t move his hand. Normally all we can do for that is painkillers and icing it. We opted to ice it and laser it, doing one hour on, one hour off through the Saturday.
“That game was on the Friday night and I told coaches he wouldn’t be fit for Sunday. He ended up playing on the Sunday. He continued to ice and laser it for 2–3 days after that, and we’ve not looked back on that injury at all.”
Among the most common gripes at Uptonsteel County Ground this season has been hot spots on the palms of the players hands, which need constant attention through the busy LV= County Championship, T20 Vitality Blast, and Royal London Cup campaigns.
Garvey added: “What the players complain about the most is hot spots from catching cricket balls which leave bruises on the palms – it’s a vicious circle as the team keep catching them and then the bruises never go away. The only way to get it to go away is to not play, but these are professional players and we can’t afford for them not to play.
“The treatment is usually to pad the bruising, but it can make it tricky for them to play on. The alternative is an ice bath, and to be honest, the lads have no interest in ice bathing. I’ve used the device on these injuries for cell regeneration benefits, where we try to get rid of dead tissue and get the tissue turnover working quicker.
“The lads have not had to ice but the bruises are still going away and they are still able to play. With the T20 season, you have 2–3 weeks and it is done. If you miss a week, you miss half of the season. We’re looking at every little thing we can do to help those guys perform at the top, and we’ve seen that support from the B-Cure Laser device.”
The easy-to-use laser therapy device pulses a near-infrared 808-nanometre Ga-Al-As (Gallium-Aluminium-Arsenide) diode laser over a 4cm2 area to provide pain relief and wound healing acceleration.
Garvey believes it could be a game-changer for sports stars as they battle injury niggles through their respective seasons. He added: “I can’t see why this wouldn’t have a use in other sports. From what I’ve seen you can cut a few days off recovery; in elite sport, a few days is gold dust.
“If the coaches can pick from everyone, then they can pick their strongest team. If they perform better or not, it’s hard for me to say, but the teams that do well over a season are the teams that have the most availability. If this device lifts availability from 80 to 85%, it’s going to have an effect at some point and overall will impact the results through the season.
“At semi-amateur clubs, it would be really useful. At an elite club like ourselves, we’re in a position where I’m on hand 24/7 and I have an assistant on hand too. If a player is injured, his only job is to get better. At semi-amateur level, if you get injured, you still have a day job to do, and you can’t ice it every two hours or do the rehab sessions three times a day.”
Leicestershire Foxes commenced their Royal London Cup campaign on Thursday (22 July) with a six-wicket victory against Derbyshire Falcons. On Sunday, they will face Yorkshire Vikings at Uptonsteel County Ground.