Rugby injuries will always occur because of the nature of the sport but athletes should do everything possible to ensure they don’t pick up unnecessary injuries.
Rugby is very much a contact sport and impact injuries will often occur from tackles and scrums. Fractured, dislocated and broken bones are common in the sport with little any rugby player can do to avoid them.
Head injuries and in particular concussion are also typical rugby injuries. Some rugby players choose to wear protective head gear but the majority still leave themselves open to serious head injuries and don’t take the precaution.
Rugby training injuries are less centered on impact and are usually more to do with pulled muscles and joint pain as a result of changing direction quickly. Hamstring injuries, sprained ankles, Achilles tendinitis and calf strain are all frequent rugby injury problems.
To avoid rugby injuries, athletes should ensure they have the right level of protection for all parts of their body when competing. A long and thorough warm up is also important, particularly in training where impact injuries are less common and strains and pulls need to be avoided.
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