ECB scoops prize for work on helmet safety

The England & Wales Cricket Board have won the BMJ Sport and Exercise Team of the Year.

The medical journal gave the award for the work done by the ECB in developing injury surveillance systems, tackling mental health issues in cricket and improving helmet safety.

Dr Fiona Godlee, Editor-in-Chief of the BMJ said: "The range of entries for this award was truly awe-inspiring, but it was the work of the Cricket Board Science and Medicine Team who most impressed the judges.

"The team was praised for its rigour, perseverance and innovative thinking."

Here, Mick Newell, director of cricket and Alex Hales, opening batsman for Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, reflect on how helmets have become an integral part of the modern game.

While Dr Andy Harland, head of the sports technology research group at Loughborough University, and Mark Young, National Lead Physiotherapist with the ECB, talk about the work they have been doing with helmet safety.

Video produced by Neil Bowdler

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