Rugby is a tough sport that combines hard running with the contact & tackling associated with American football. It is definitely not a sport for the frail or weak. In fact, you have to train hard and play hard if you want to make it in this game. That being said, playing the sport of Rugby does come with a high potential risk of different injuries. What are the most common injuries associated with the sport of Rugby?
Rugby’s Most Common Injuries
Most Rugby injuries occur during matches rather than training and they usually tend to happen in the 2nd part of the game when the players are most fatigued. It has also been found that 1 in 4 rugby players will get injured during the season. And with numbers like that, it is practically inevitable that multiple players will get hurt on one team. Among the injuries that are most prevalent:
- Muscle strains/Bruising
- Over-Use Injuries
- Neck Injuries
It has also been found that a Rugby player’s risk of injury increases when exposed to different levels of experience in players. Those playing the forward position also tend to suffer more injuries than players in other positions. Rigby also has 3 times more injuries than American football, which is crazy if you think about it! So that means you have to be one tough cookie to survive to play this sport. Physical conditioning and agility play a huge roll in your individual risk of injury too. It is also said that with the right pre-season conditioning program that gradually increases intensity and duration, your chances of injury during the season can decrease immensely. It is also important to practice the correct tackling techniques & correct falling techniques to help minimize the absorption of the full impact.