Rugby Injuries

2308, 2015

Rugby Injury Prevention in Children

By |August 23rd, 2015|media|0 Comments

Rugby Injury Prevention in Children

‘The promotion of initiatives that create a safe environment for children’s’ participation in rugby is paramount.’

Rugby, with its fast pace and exciting nature, serves as an important social and physical outlet for children. Exercise is essential for everyone, but especially for children. A well-designed exercise program enhances their physical and academic development.

Playing rugby may result in sports injuries because of abnormal exertions through joints, muscles etc as well as the increased demands placed on the body during training and matches. Injury can also be caused through contact with another player.
When developing/growing children are vulnerable to unique injuries caused by a fall, a twist, or a turn. Because the growth plates at the ends of the long bones are softer than the main part of the bone, they are susceptible to injury, particularly during the growth spurt of adolescence.

While the list of injuries resulting from playing rugby is wide-ranging, there are plenty of measures that can be taken to lessen the risk of getting hurt and suffering long-term. The key to preventing injuries in any sport is identifying and addressing the risk factors associated with it. In rugby these risk factors include coaching, equipment, playing surface, and conditioning.

Injuries in rugby may have significant consequences, especially if untreated. It is important that coaches and parents alike not dismiss injuries as just part of the game. A lackadaisical approach delays recovery, prevents return to full function, and predisposes the child to reinjure. At worst the child may not be able to play the sport again and may carry long-term debilitating injuries into adulthood.

The team’s coach should recommend that an injured child receives medical attention from a qualified medical professional. In the meantime, injury symptoms […]

309, 2011

Osteopathy Treats Rugby Injuries

By |September 3rd, 2011|Uncategorised|0 Comments

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.