n South African Journal of Sports Medicine - SA Rugby Injury and Illness Surveillance and Prevention Project (SARIISPP) The Currie Cup Premiership Competition Injury Surveillance Report 2018 - The South African Rugby Union

Volume 31 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1015-5163
  • E-ISSN: 2078-516X



As part of the SA Rugby Injury and Illness Surveillance and Prevention Project (SARIISPP), The Currie Cup 2018 Premiership Division Competition (‘The Currie Cup’) injury data were recorded throughout the tournament by the medical doctors of the respective teams. All seven teams were required to record every match injury that occurred in their team. Only match injuries and match time exposure for each participating team were considered for this report. The Currie Cup injury rate in 2018 was similar to new Time-Loss injuries reported in a summary of the international studies[1]. However, the average severity was greater in The Currie Cup, and the overall rate of the recurrent injuries was lower than these measurements in the international summary[1]. The injury rate of Time-Loss injuries for The Currie Cup 2018 was 82 (64 to 100) injuries per 1000 player hours (mean and 95% confidence intervals – see p10 for explanation), which is similar to the international rate, 81 (63 to 105) injuries per 1000 player hours[1], and equates to around 1.6 injuries per team per match (i.e. 3 injuries per team every 2 matches). DHL Western Province had the highest injury rate for Time-Loss injuries for the 2018 tournament and this was significantly higher than the injury rate for the Vodacom Blue Bulls and Cell C Sharks, but not higher than the tournament average. The Cell C Sharks had the lowest injury rate for Time-Loss injuries for the 2018 tournament. DHL Western Province experienced a significant increase in injury rate from 2017 to 2018, while the iCollege Pumas experienced a significant decrease in injury rate from 2017 to 2018.

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