n South African Journal of Sports Medicine - Prevalence of rugby injuries among elite high school and elite junior club players : original research article

Volume 16, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1015-5163
  • E-ISSN: 2078-516X



<I>Objective :&lt;/I&gt; To investigate the prevalence of rugby injuries among 59 elite high school and 74 junior club players (ages 15 - 20 years). <br><I>Design and settings :&lt;/I&gt; A standardised questionnaire was completed by the players to obtain information on injuries sustained during the 2002 season. In particular, information was obtained about player position, anatomical region injured and type of injury. <br><I>Results :&lt;/I&gt; The 20-year-old elite club players had the highest injury prevalence. Most injuries occurred among forwards, particularly loose forwards. The lower limb was the most commonly injured anatomical region. The most common injuries were sprains and strains. <br><I>Conclusion :&lt;/I&gt; Coaches and medical staff should use preventive methods to decrease the number of injuries in rugby.

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