CA defends sending injury-hit Australians on tour without doctor

July 25th, 2010 - 7:23 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, July 25 (ANI): Cricket Australia has defended its decision to send the national squad to England without a doctor.

When The Sun-Herald asked why Australian cricket had been plagued by a high injury rate, it discovered that the squad often travelled without a doctor.

‘There is [a doctor] from time to time,’ said Cricket Australia spokesman Peter Young.

‘It depends where we are in the world, so in India, for example, we have a doctor with the team. We have [physiotherapist] Alex Koutouris travel with the team and he is highly regarded and has a specific expertise in sports injuries, while we also have fitness and conditioning people who do a lot of preventative maintenance in terms of how they manage the team,’ Young added.

Young said Cricket Australia had a comprehensive network of medical practitioners around the world who could be called upon in an emergency.

Young said Koutouris was a physiotherapist, and not a medico, he specialised in treating elite athletes, while Stuart Karppinen looked after strength and conditioning/rehabilitation.

‘The scientific management of the team is highly specialist and management of workload is also highly specialist - we’d probably be regarded as the best practice in terms of global elite sport,” Young said. (ANI)

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