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4 Most Common Rugby Injuries

4 Most Common Rugby Injuries

In Britain, rugby remains one of the most popular sports. Around the world, it is also gaining popularity. And as more people start playing ( the largest increase among females), injury rates are also increasing.

So, what are the most common injuries associated with rugby and how do you treat them?

Overuse Injuries

Since rugby involves a lot of running over a long period, overuse injuries are by far the most common. This type of injury is also common in runners, footballers, cyclists etc.

An overuse injury in rugby normally involves the tendons, such as tendonitis, or medial tibial stress syndrome (shin splints). These aren’t normally serious injuries and symptoms will gradually disappear once resting. However, if you continue to play with the injury, it could affect your performance and possibly lead to more complications.

Fractures & Dislocations

Due to the nature of the sport, contact and collision injuries are extremely common. This can lead to many different types of injuries, including bruising, strained tendons and ligaments. But the most common are fractures because of the bones’ lack of ability to absorb such an amount of strain.

Fractures are most common on limbs and of the skill, as helmets are not worn.

Dislocations are also extremely common. Because of jumping and the impact on other people or the ground, is particularly common in the glen humeral joint (also known as the shoulder joint).

These always require medical attention and shouldn’t be delayed if you suspect a fracture or dislocation.

It is also worth noting that the tacklers are equally likely to suffer fractures or dislocations compared to the ones being tackled.

Lacerations

Cuts to the body and face are common in rugby, either from impact with soil, other people or, in worst-case scenario, another player’s footwear. If these large cuts occur, a first aider should assess the injury and whether the player can carry on playing and seek further medical attention. If it’s severely bleeding and not clotting, you should contact the emergency services.

Concussions

Any sport that involves impacts and running will be at risk of concussion. Rugby is the fastest and highest-impact sport, meaning concussions are extremely common. It isn’t recommended that players carry on playing with a concussion as the symptoms (confusion, dizziness, blurred vision and headaches) will likely only put them at further risk of another type of injury.

If you play rugby and believe you have suffered an injury, contact London Bridge Orthopaedics today.

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