So what is relative rest? You really need to understand the total load on the athlete and adapting this load for the athlete to a more appropriate level. This may mean bowling fewer overs slower, before gradually building up to more overs at a faster pace: ie: managing the total load per session and per week/month on the player.
What is the role of MRI – this gets rid of the guesswork. The MRI can clearly establish when adequate healing has occurred so that the sportsperson can return to a “full” training and playing load.
So listen to that niggling pain in your back, consult with a physio before it gets worse and always consider your playing/training load as a culprit.
Ref: Sport Health Vol 37, Iss 1, 2019
Jason is the Leichhardt Physiotherapy clinic practice principal. A graduate from Sydney Uni and practicing for over 20 years, he is passionate about sharing new discoveries.