Rugby injuries from the perspective of a Sports Chiropractor
Rugby Union injuries – Introduction
Seeing as how rugby union is one of my favorite sports, I have decided to do a series of articles looking at injuries within the game of rugby union from the perspective of a sports chiropractor. Many would be mistaken by thinking that the role of a sports chiropractor in the sport of rugby union is in the treatment of common spinal pain complaints such as sciatica, neck or lower back pain. Part of this series of articles will look at the role of the sports chiropractor in enhancing athletic performance when sports chiropractic tools are utilized alongside an effective training program, however the first couple articles will focus on injuries, more specifically risk factors to injury within the sport of rugby union.
The full contact nature of Rugby Union makes it one of the most exciting and popular team sports in the world. It also has one of the highest reported incidences of injury of all the team sports. The responsibility lies with governing bodies, coaches, injury support staff and athletes to seek clarity around the incidence, severity, nature and mechanism of injuries so that effective strategies toward prevention, treatment and rehabilitation can be implemented.
Lower back pain, knee pain, shoulder pain and neck pain are all injuries that may immediately spring to mind when thinking of rugby, and although many of the same issues exist in other team and individual sports, the aim of this article is to identify the key variables in match and training injuries within the sport of Rugby union to assist players, coaches and interested parties in making meaningful decisions around player welfare in and away from competition.
A brief search of the current literature around rugby union injuries was conducted by myself, which included retrospective, prospective cohort and randomized controlled trials. Study participants included rugby union players from schools, clubs (both amateur and professional) and international teams with no restrictions placed on age, sex or level of play. Incidence, severity, nature and mechanism of injuries related to rugby union were analysed and a number of risk factors of injury within the sport of rugby union emerged. This article serves as a brief introduction to the series of sports chiropractic and rugby articles that will follow. Enjoy