Pinfold et al. – Descriptive Analysis of Linear and Angular Acceleration Forces Experienced at the Head During a Simulated Front-on Rugby Union Tackle

PDF Pinfold_eposter_rsnlive16 – click to view AIM To explore the head acceleration profile of forwards and backs during a simulated front-on rugby tackle METHODS Forty-one rugby union players each performed 10 tackles (5 left and 5 right) against a 50kg bag traveling at a speed of 4.2m/s. Formalized instructions were provided to standardize the procedure and technique. During each tackle a CSx Head Positioning Unit was worn behind the ear. The sensor recorded linear (4000Hz) and angular head acceleration (3200Hz) over a 15ms period for all impacts exceeding a 10g threshold. RESULTS Peak linear and rotational acceleration values of 88±51g … Continue reading Pinfold et al. – Descriptive Analysis of Linear and Angular Acceleration Forces Experienced at the Head During a Simulated Front-on Rugby Union Tackle

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