Roberts et al. – Epidemiology of knee injuries in English community rugby union

PDF Roberts_eposter_rsnlive16 – click to view AIM To establish the incidence and nature of knee time-loss injuries in English community rugby and to assess differences between different levels of play and between playing positions. METHODS Over 6 rugby seasons (2009-10 to 2014-15), medical staff from English community rugby union clubs reported information for match play knee injuries resulting in eight days or greater absence. RESULTS There was an overall incidence of 2.7 knee injuries per 1000 player match hours with an average severity of 10.7 weeks absence. There was no difference between semi-professional (3.1 95% CI 2.6-3.7), amateur (2.6 95% … Continue reading Roberts et al. – Epidemiology of knee injuries in English community rugby union

Burns et al. – Machine scrummaging does not mimic the head/neck load experienced in live scrummaging

PDF Burns_eposter_rsnlive16 – click to view AIM To determine and compare the force exerted upon the head and relative position of the cervical spine during the sustained push phase of scrummaging across the front row (FR), under both machine and … Continue reading Burns et al. – Machine scrummaging does not mimic the head/neck load experienced in live scrummaging

Seminati et al. – Neuromuscular activation strategies during different rugby tackling conditions

PDF Seminati_eposter_RSNlive16 – click to view AIM To investigate neuromuscular activation strategies during simulated Rugby Union tackles, which are known to be a common injury event. METHODS A 50 kg punch bag translated towards the tackler through a pulley system … Continue reading Seminati et al. – Neuromuscular activation strategies during different rugby tackling conditions

Salmon et al. – A baseline profile of brain health in a semi-professional Rugby Union team

PDF Salmon_eposter_RSNLive16 – click to view AIM To observe brain health at pre-season in a semi-professional rugby team. METHODS 55 semi-professional players provided data during a pre-season screen using the following measures: Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI), Rivermead Post Concussion Symptom Questionnaire (Rpq-3 and Rpq-13) Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-II) and Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) and the University of Pennsylvania Smell Identification Test. RESULTS A disturbed sleep pattern and sense of smell were noted in 41.8% and 55.8% of players. BDI-II indicated that 72.7% were minimally and 5.5% were mildly depressed. The BAI revealed that 50.9% had minimal, 18.2% mild and … Continue reading Salmon et al. – A baseline profile of brain health in a semi-professional Rugby Union team

Williams et al. – Elite Rugby Union on an artificial playing surface: Influence on injury risk, abrasions and muscle soreness

PDF Williams_eposter_RSNLive16 – click to view AIM To investigate the influence of an artificial playing surface on injury risk and perceptions of muscle soreness in elite English Premiership Rugby Union players. METHODS Time loss (from 39.5 matches) and abrasion (from 27 matches) injury risk was compared between matches played on artificial turf and natural grass. Muscle soreness was reported over the 4 days following one match played on each surface by 95 visiting players. RESULTS There was a likely trivial difference in the overall injury burden relating to time-loss injuries between playing surfaces [rate ratio = 1.01, 90% confidence interval … Continue reading Williams et al. – Elite Rugby Union on an artificial playing surface: Influence on injury risk, abrasions and muscle soreness