Top 5 Rugby Injuries

It is to be expected that one out of every four rugby players will suffer an injury at some point during the season. With an average of 20 to 40 tackles per match for each player. When athletes with varying degrees of skill tackle, they run the risk of suffering a neck injury, which is all too often.

Several factors have been linked to an increased risk of rugby injury, including playing on a team that is ranked lower or has fewer competent players, playing in the forward position, getting tackled, and playing early in the season. Rugby’s injury rate is expected to be three times greater than football’s, according to the latest research.

In this article we’re discussing 5 most common rugby injuries . 

1. Concussion.

Injuries to the brain that arise from a concussion can range from moderate to severe, depending on the force with which the brain is hit. In the Premiership League, it is the most common type of injury.

Concussions are serious and players should not be returned to play until a medical specialist has given the all-clear. There are warning indications of a concussion that do not require you to be ‘knocked out.’ These include headache, memory loss, dizziness, and trouble with balance.

2. Sprains and Strains

Sprains and strains are the most common sports injuries because they happen when muscles or ligaments are overstretched when you suddenly stop or start, change direction, or fall or land awkwardly.

Injuries in rugby are common because of the repetition of these actions during games and training. Overstretched ligaments and muscles can be repaired with physiotherapy, but in some cases surgery may be necessary.

3. Rib Cartilage

Despite the fact that this may not seem like much, it is extremely painful and will continue to be for some time. It’s important to keep in mind that your rib cage moves with each and every one of these activities. This means that even the smallest of movements can result in excruciating discomfort.

On top of all of that, you may be declared ‘fit to play’ before your injury has fully healed, making your initial few games nothing short of a nightmare.

4. Shoulder

If the arm is rotated outwards during a tackle or fall, the shoulder can dislocate. A medical professional should be called in to ‘pop’ it back into place, but any other injuries, such as fractures, should be checked for first.

The importance of physiotherapy in preventing a recurrence of a shoulder injury cannot be overstated after a period of rest. Other surgeries, such as a shoulder arthroscopy, can be used to correct more severe damage to the shoulder joint.

5. Slipped Disc

A slipped disc in the neck is common in sports such as rugby (cervical disc prolapse). In the neck, repeated stress from tackling breaks down the connective tissue.

There is a risk of swelling, which puts pressure on nerves, causing pain. Your spinal surgeon will be able to give you advice on the various treatment options available to you, including whether or not you require spinal surgery.

Injuries are a sure bet in rugby, regardless of your skill level. The key to returning to full fitness after an injury is to know exactly how to handle it and to receive the proper treatment at the appropriate time.


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