The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) took some notable decisions in its long-pending review meeting on Sunday. Yo-Yo test and DEXA made headlines on Sunday evening as the apex cricketing body in the country re-introduced both tests as a mandatory selection criterion.
The BCCI has informed that there will be a customized roadmap for each player to follow at all times, including during their stint with the IPL franchise. Notably, the review which meeting was due since India’s shocking exit from T20 World Cup 2022 semis, took place in the presence of BCCI president Roger Binny, BCCI secretary Jay Shah, Indian captain Rohit Sharma, head coach Rahul Dravid, NCA Chief VVS Laxman and selector Chetan Sharma.
With Asia Cup and ODI World Cup just a few months away, BCCI wants to keep a check on players’ fitness and injuries as many players have raised their fitness concerns, putting their availability for the national assignments in doubt. While there is better understanding and awareness regarding the Yo-Yo test, which is an aerobic endurance fitness test involving running between markers placed 20 meters apart, DEXA remains a mystery for many.
So, here is all you need to know about DEXA.
What is DEXA?
Notably, the Yo-Yo test was introduced during Virat Kohli’s tenure as Indian skipper and the passing score initially was 16.1 before it was increased to 16.5. Meanwhile, DEXA stands for Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry. Experts have claimed that DEXA is a type of scan that takes the help of X-ray technology to measure bone strength and density. It also helps in determining the possibility of any bone fracture even before it develops.
DEXA is also known as bone density test and is a kind of special X-ray that produces two types of beams – high energy and low energy. Upon passing both these beams through the bone and the number of X-rays emitted, the density is found. Bone thickness is also an important factor in DEXA scans.