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

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