Cricket Australia on Thursday revealed that Steve Smith is following “concussion protocols” that are essential for his return to cricket within the IPL and asserted that it’s “not willing” to compromise with the health of the Rajasthan Royals skipper.
CA mentioned it’s working in tandem with RR to make sure his clean return to aggressive motion after lacking the complete England ODI sequence as a result of concussion suffered throughout coaching.
“Cricket Australia has strict protocols when it comes to head impacts and concussions and, as we’ve seen over the last 12 months, we’re not willing to compromise on those,” CA’s head of sports activities science Alex Kountouris mentioned in a press release.
“Steve is making progress and working with our medical team through the concussion protocols required to return to play,” he added.
Smith alongside with different England and Australia cricketers will arrive right here on Thursday evening (UAE time) and endure a six-day quarantine which suggests they are going to all miss motion until September 23. RR’s first match is on September 22 in opposition to Chennai Super Kings.
Smith was hit on the top throughout a web session previous to the primary ODI in Manchester and since then recovered properly however not sufficient to play a aggressive cricket.
Kountouris mentioned the franchise and CA shall be working collectively to watch Smith’s health upon his arrival within the UAE.
Smith had additionally endured a concussion throughout final 12 months’s Ashes recreation on the Lord’s and subsequently missed a Test match.
“The conservative management of Steve through this injury is consistent with our approach to put the player’s welfare first, as we did with him during the Ashes last year,” Kountouris mentioned.
The former physio, who has had a protracted affiliation with the Sri Lankan nationwide workforce adopted by Australians, hinted that CA is not going to like Smith to be rushed right into a match state of affairs.
“We are striving to create environments where players trust that our medical team will always put their welfare first and therefore speak openly with them, whether this is about concussion, other injuries or mental health,” he said.
Kountouris mentioned that numerous analysis has gone into learning concussions and its associated results.
“We have done a lot of research over the last few years to better understand head impacts and concussions specific to cricket, and that has helped up in how we manage our players.
“We place the welfare of the participant earlier than the sport as a result of we strongly consider that’s what’s greatest for the participant.”
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