Physio says Watson`s running technique causing injuries

Physio says Watson's running technique causing injuries

Last Updated: Wed, Nov 21, 2012 08:52 hrs
Shane Watson

Leading physiotherapist Victor Popov, who had helped Australia Test vice-captain Shane Watson overcome career-threatening breakdowns in 2009, has said the all rounder's poor running technique is the major reason behind his injury setbacks.

After seeing Watson in Brisbane last week, Popov has travelled to Adelaide and will assist Cricket Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris in monitoring the 31-year-old when Australia heads to Perth for the third Test.

Popov has dismissed suggestions the dual strain of batting and bowling is pushing the Test vice-captain to breaking point.

"I personally don't see any reason for Shane to stop bowling as long as we monitor his workload and he continues his maintenance. He doesn't have any specific structural problems," quoted Popov, as saying.

"Obviously bowling contributes to your workload, if he was a batsman only he might not have the same issues but Shane really enjoys bowling and he wants to keep doing it," he added.

Watson has been urged to give up one-day cricket to safeguard his ageing frame, but Popov says his running technique not his playing workload could be contributing to his injuries.

"We've looked at the biomechanics of his running technique and he was going back to some bad old habits. I'll work with Shane through the summer as he needs it, Alex Kountouris has also been doing a fantastic job," Popov said.

"Shane probably got a bit slack with his running technique, he's been sitting on planes flying to and back from Sri Lanka and South Africa, plus he was going really hard in the Twenty20s over there," he added.

"There was a bit of sloppiness with his running, he slackened off a bit with his technical movements and that can be just enough to bring it on," he said.

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