Exhilarating, fast and free flowing are just a few words to describe this wonderful game. Tough, full contact and bruising are some other words to describe it. This is where rugby physiotherapy comes in!
The love of rugby doesn’t numb the pain and what comes with the enjoyment is often the full spectrum of injuries.
As many as 1 in 4 rugby players will be injured during a season and, on average, each player performs 20- 40 tackles per match.
Rugby and rehab often go hand in hand and rugby physiotherapy is one of the most common and effective ways to return to fitness.
Common rugby injuries
Over 40% of rugby injuries are muscular strains or contusions (bruising). 30% are sprains, followed by dislocations, fractures, lacerations, and overuse injuries.
Some of the more common injuries include:
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Dislocated shoulder
- Catching pain
- Calf muscle tear
- Groin Strain
- Thigh haematoma
- Medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury
- Ankle lateral ligament Injury (sprained ankle)
Prevention of rugby injuries
More injuries occur at the beginning of a season. This suggests that pre-season conditioning could reduce injuries. A pre-season conditioning program should gradually increase in intensity and duration. This will prepare players for competition.
There are also injury prevention strategies to reduce the incidence and severity. These include coaching on defensive skills and tackling techniques. Correct falling techniques and methods to minimise the absorption of impact forces in tackles will also help.
It goes without saying that on match a thorough warm up regime should be worked on. This will lower the risk of injuries such as hamstrings and ligament strains.
Treatment of rugby injuries
Rugby physiotherapy is one of the best treatments for many of the injuries. These treatments include: