The incidence of injury within rugby and specifically within the amateur game has been described, along with the severity of injury and the most frequent injury location and type of injury. It is generally reported that the tackle is the primary mechanism of injury during training and match play. Furthermore, it appears that the majority of injuries may occur in the latter stages of match-play.
Examples of the the modifiable factors that can be changed to reduce injury risk include: targeted physical preparation programmes, greater technical competence in the tackle, and the promotion of greater fitness to reduce fatigue during the latter stages of play.
Visit World Rugby’s Risk Management, Injury Management and Player Welfare resources:
- RugbyReady https://passport.world.rugby/injury-prevention-and-risk-management/rugby-ready/
- Activate https://passport.world.rugby/coaching/activate-injury-prevention-exercise-programme
- Concussion Management https://www.world.rugby/the-game/player-welfare/medical/concussion/concussion-guidelines
- First Aid in Rugby https://passport.world.rugby/player-welfare/first-aid-in-rugby/