Rugby is a sport with many physical demands on the player and as a result there are many common Rugby Injuries, which may not always appear immediately, but develop over time.

Frequent physical contact and collision cause upper limb (shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand), and head to be most frequently injured. For example: Shoulder dislocation can be caused by diving with the arms outstretched to touch down, propping and hooking in the scrum, and the fall backwards tackle with the tackle arm turned out and outstretched up by the head (externally rotated and abducted).

Increased emphasis on fitness training and a faster match tempo has lead to a rise in the number of muscle and tendon injuries. Reduced stride length when sprinting along the wing, particularly at the end of the match may be related to hamstring shortness due to sitting at a desk or in a vehicle during your working day. Injury may be avoided with the appropriate stretching regime. An opportunity to stretch and avoid injury will usually arise during a penalty kick.

Help yourself to avoid injury. Instead of slumping in the changing room after a hard game sit with lumbar spine in extension. This will help avoid lower back pain disc problems.

Osteopathy is ideal for treating these types of injuries.