Common Rugby Injuries

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Millions of children and adults, male and female participate in sports, and injuries are fairly common in each of these sports. Some injuries are severe enough to put a sports person out of action for weeks or even months.

These injuries can be acute or chronic. Acute is when the injury occurs suddenly such as a hard blow to the body and a chronic injury or overuse injury develops over a few days or weeks with a gradual increase in pain.

Basic Management of Injuries

When you take part in professional rugby, trainers as well as medical staff and even physicians are always in attendance during matches. Trainers educate rugby players on the importance of warm ups, stretching and training to prevent injuries.

Fortunately, during these matches, the most common rugby injuries are ‘only’ hamstring injuries, muscular strains, sprains, fractures, lacerations and dislocations.

Tendinitis all But ‘Goes with the Game’

Rugby is one of the most popular sports in the world and while many parents the world over try to warn their children of the risks and injuries, nobody is stopping young players from taking part. They’ve got hopes and dreams of one day playing for their country. They don’t care to think about the fact that rugby demands a lot of running which brings about those overuse injuries such as tendinitis.

Because rugby involves all that running, tendinitis, while not being considered a serious injury, can seriously affect performance and it can lead to more serious conditions if not properly seen to by a qualified sports medic professional. Common also, are those traumatic injuries when players collide with each other.

More Serious Injuries with the Neck

Rugby is a high-intensity team sport and when you consider that a player is involved with about 30 tackles in each match, you can begin to understand how easily injuries can occur.

Common rugby injuries include injuries to the neck. Most neck injuries occur during tackles and these injuries can include –

  • dislocation
    ● disc injuries
    ● whiplash
    ● cervical vertebrae fractures
    ● upper back musclesIn school rugby, neck injuries often occur with less skilled players. Neck fractures are serious, brought on by the breaking of a bone in the neck and it can lead to paralysis.

School rugby sees quite a few neck injuries and while injuries are managed superbly at national schools rugby events, scant attention is given to prevention and management at ‘unimportant’ school rugby events.

While neck injuries are easily identifiable, brain injuries as well as concussion are many times not managed correctly.

Certainly, when it comes to school rugby, injury prevention strategies are important so as to  reduce the incidence of rugby injuries. Schools need to have coaching on defensive skills as well as correct tackling technique and most importantly, correct falling techniques.

There are always more rugby injuries a the start of a season, so a pre-season coaching session on anti-injury skills needs to be introduced in schools to reduce injuries.

Prevention- and Recovery Plan

To prevent any kinds of rugby injuries, it is important to have training to prevent injuries. Rugby is such a wonderful sport, and every team needs to focus on prevention, but also a sound recovery plan to put into action after an injury.

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  1. Got a dislocated shoulder last week at a rugby match. I guess this is one of those things that rugby players get quite often.

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