The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in its review meeting of the senior Indian men’s team on Sunday made several key recommendations for the selection of players going forward and one of the key factors was the introduction of Dexa. testing.
Issues of player availability, workload management and fitness parameters were also discussed in detail during the meeting, which was attended by head coach Rahul Dravid, the regular captain across all formats. Rohit SharmaBCCI President Roger Binny, Secretary Jay Shah, NCA chief VVS Laxman and chairman of selection committee Chetan Sharma.
In the light of recent events – many key players like Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja missed out T20 World Cup, And skipper Rohit Sharma, as well, missing the Tests due to injury – player fitness has certainly been a concern for the Indian national team.
The focus was on managing injuries as several key Indian players were set to miss crucial cricket in 2022 due to injuries. This was also highlighted by captain Rohit Sharma after the ODI series loss in Bangladesh when he expressed his displeasure over the repeated injuries to players despite being fit.
Keeping these factors in mind, the BCCI has brought back the erstwhile Yo-Yo Test and also introduced the Dexa Test for the selection of players going forward.
“The yo-yo test and dexa will now be part of the selection criteria and will be implemented in the customized roadmap for the central pool of players,” the board’s statement said.
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So, it would not be wrong for fans to ask ‘what is this Dexa test’?
Apart from the Yo-Yo Test – which is familiar to the Indian cricket ecosystem, the addition of the Dexa Test adds another “scientific layer”, which tests players before determining whether they are fit to play.
Basically, DEXA is a scientific method to determine the bone mineral density of an athlete by using a special technique known as spectral imaging. Two X-ray beams at different energy levels are directed toward the player’s bone to reveal bone density and mineral content.
It is an international standard and widely accepted test. The 10-minute test measures total body fat and also breaks down bone mass, adipose tissue and muscle mass in a player’s body.
How will Dexa be important in determining the fitness of a sportsperson?
Significantly, last year there were many such instances in Indian cricket when an injured player was taken into the team and got injured again after playing very few matches. The cases of Deepak Chahar, who is injured till 2022, and Jasprit Bumrah, who is recovering from a stress fracture on his back, are prime examples.
Generally, when a player is injured, his bone strength and mineral density are affected. Athletes maintain bone strength and mineral density when they train regularly, but this is hindered when they recover from injury.
Hence, Dexa will test these things and act as a precautionary measure to return injured players to action and prevent them from re-injury.
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