Rugby Injuries and Chiropractic Care
As a sport, rubgy involves an incredible amount of collisions during the course of a single game, let alone a season. It comes as no shock that approximately 1 in 4 rugby players will be injured during the course of a season. Injury rates in rugby are thought to be three times higher than footballing injuries. More than half of injuries occur during matches as opposed to in training. More often than not, the injuries occur in the second half of the game when fatigue starts to kick in. On average, a club will have 18% of their players unavailable for selection as a consequence of match injuries.
What Are The Common Rugby Injuries?
The majority or rugby injuries are soft tissue in nature. Over 40% are muscular strains or bruising with a further 30% of rugby injuries being ligament sprains.
Other injuries common in rugby include:
- Dislocations (particularly the shoulder)
- Fractures (most commonly the clavicle)
- Head injuries (concussions or other)
- Stingers (nerve pain down the arm)
- Neck injuries
- Overuse injuries
How Can Chiropractors Help Rugby Players?
A certain number of rugby injuries are due to trauma that occurs in high energy impacts and collisions. The common rugby injuries are different from other sports due to these collisions.
The benefit of a sports chiropractor for rugby players is in ensuring there are no preventable bodily limitations causing the player to become prone to injury. What this means is making sure that the player in front of us has no areas of joint stiffness, muscle tightness or muscle weakness that are likely to cause injury if left unchecked. On top of this, sports chiropractic care can help rugby players rehab from injuries, recovering faster and returning to full strength.
What Chiropractic Treatment do we use for Rugby Players?
When we work with rugby players, often the first question we get asked is “When can I get back in the pitch?” We have various treatment techniques we can use to assist rugby players in recovering from injury and returning to play. On top of this, we are also able to help players perform better once they are painfree through a combination of hands on chiropractic treatment techniques as well as a progressive exercise based approach. This reduces the likelihood of injuries returning, and allows our players to be operating at 100% capacity throughout the season.
The various treatment techniques we use to help players go from Pain to Performance include:
- Spinal adjustments
- Extremity joint adjustments
- Muscle release techniques (such as IASTM, ART, PIR)
- Dry needling
- Progressive exercise programmes