Injuries in rugby are common occurrence, which is to be expected due to the physical nature of the sport. The RFU injury surveillance report from the professional game report the most common injuries occurring to the joints/ligaments and muscles of the lower limbs. The joint just above the ankle (inferior tibia-fibular joint) has seen a recent increase in the amount of these injuries seen, however it is likely that these types of injuries are not occurring more but just being more accurately reported now. These type of injuries generally occur when the foot is weight bearing and a rotation force is applied to the lower limb. Depending of the severity of the injury, sometimes surgery is indicated to assist in the recovery. Knee ligament injury is specifically seen at the medial collateral ligament (MCL). Pain is normally located to the inside of the knee, with instability of the knee sometimes felt with higher grade sprains.
Muscle injuries are commonly seen in the hamstring as seen in most other sports. Normally these occurring with running or over stretching where pain is felt in the back of the thigh. Depending on the classification of the strain, it may take on average 4-6 weeks to recovery fully. The only other common muscle injury seen, is a thigh haematoma (dead leg). These injuries normally occur after a blunt force to the muscle i.e. opposition knee into your leg. This type of injury will normally resolve quickly, however in some cases they may need more attention before returning to sport fully.
The other most common injury outside of the lower half of the body is concussion. Concussion can be a life threatening condition if not managed correctly. Following concussion, players should be removed from play and return to training once symptoms have resolved once completed a phased return to play programme. i.e light cardio work to start with, if no symptoms felt then progress to light skill work, etc.
If you are suffering for a rugby related injury, give the physio academy a call or email to arrange an assessment and quick return to play.
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