Drake & Davis – Investigation of match exposure in Rugby Union players

PDF Drake_eposter_RSNLive16 – click to view AIM A recent review by Quarrie et al. (2016), highlighted that players exposure to match play in Rugby Union has not been previously published. The aim of this investigation was to analyse player match exposure across multiple seasons and to assess whether any positional differences exist. METHODS Positional comparisons were performed for the following dependent variables; number of games, and total minutes per season. A total of 334 players season exposure were analysed across 6 playing seasons within 1 Professional Rugby Union Team. ANOVA was utilised to compare between group with a Bonferroni post … Continue reading Drake & Davis – Investigation of match exposure in Rugby Union players

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