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Tim Noakes Calls for a Two-month Break for Cricket Players to Prevent Player Burn-out

Challenging BeliefsTim Noakes is calling for an annual two-month break for professional cricket players to try and prevent player burnout, reports Fanie Heyns for SuperSport.

Noakes mentioned that “a general guideline to prevent player burnout and secure a reasonable professional life span, is to limit Springbok rugby action to 2 000 minutes per year, or 28 weeks” and suggested that a two-month break every year and a possible two-month rest period in the pre-season build-up would be a good idea for cricket players.

Prof Tim Noakes’s passionate plea for a more lenient 28-week per year-approach to prevent player burnout, and for the burden on the South African fast bowling aces Morné Morkel and Dale Steyn to be alleviated, might fall on deaf ears.

Noakes, founding member of the Sport Science Institute of South Africa and professor of exercise and sport science at the University of Cape Town, said a general guideline to prevent player burnout and secure a reasonable professional life span, is to limit Springbok rugby action to 2 000 minutes per year, or 28 weeks.

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