One of the most popular winter sports in NSW is Rugby League, with over 36,900 participants every year across all age divisions.
In Rugby League, players accelerate, change direction, tackle, pass, catch and kick the ball during the game. Due to the high impact nature of the sport, it is no surprise that we see injuries occur across the whole body.
As we’re halfway through the winter season, we thought to share the most common injuries seen in Rugby League players.
Hamstring strains are one of the most common injuries seen in Rugby League players that enter our practice. Hamstring strains during play are often a result of sudden bursts of movements, sharp changes of direction and sprinting. According to research, hamstring strains account for 12% of injuries in Rugby League.
Players can protect their Hamstrings from injury by completing warm-up and cool-down exercises and regularly stretching the Hamstring and surrounding muscles before play.
As Rugby League is considered a high contact sport, concussions are a growing concern. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury caused by a direct blow, hit or jolt to the head, often caused during collisions and tackles. With concussions accounting for 7% of injuries in the Rugby League, it’s vital that players are kept aware of the codes and protocols of concussions during play.
The shoulder is one of the most commonly injured joints in Rugby League, the high-speed impact of tackles, falls and collisions are the primary cause of this injury. According to research, 20% of all Rugby League injuries are to the shoulder, with 25% of these being shoulder dislocation. Approximately 25% of shoulder dislocations have associated fractures and ligament tears that increase the chance of surgery and prolong recovery.
Prevention and Recovery
At Progressive Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy, our team are passionate about injury prevention and the recovery of Rugby League players across all divisions. In our practice, we have state-of-the-art technology of the Game Ready and Musculoskeletal Injury Screening that allows our team to assess and measure our client’s recovery, as well as identify any potential deficit, which may cause further injury.
Through this assessment, we’re able can determine a rehabilitation pathway to safely return our clients to their pre-injury status and help them achieve their peak athletic performance this winter season.
If you or someone you know has been injured while playing Rugby League, contact the Progressive team today.