The Three Most Common Orthopedic Rugby Injuries


The Three Most Common Orthopedic Rugby Injuries

Rugby football is a sport played commonly and popularly in the United States. It is one of the most popular games in the world apart from soccer and cricket. In a past few years, rugby has gained great popularity in the United States. It has players from each class of society including athletes, elementary school, and adults playing the game. Playing rugby require running and power of soccer with the ability to tackle. As this game requires a high level of endurance and intensity, various orthopedic injuries are very common in the players. Though getting injured is common in every sport, Rugby players’ percentage of orthopedic surgery is very high. Rugby is played interestingly by youth and amateurs apart from elite level athletes who are causing an increase in injury accidents.

There are two common types of this orthopedic surgery in rugby that occur: overuse injuries and single traumatic injuries. Different from the overuse injury, Single incident injuries occur unexpectedly or abruptly and without warning hence they are tough to avoid. You should know the cause of the injury for taking better precautions and cure it if it occurs. Excessive running causes injuries like tendinitis and bursitis which are overuse injuries and scrumming, rucking and tackling causes more traumatic injuries while bumping with other players or on the ground.

Out of the various injuries caused during the game of Rugby, the three most common injuries are as disrupted below

  1. Concussion – Concussion is a brain harm which can vary from mild to severe depending on the injury in the skull. Concussions are very common in the sports involving running in speed and frequent collision with players and ground. A concussion is a serious injury as the brain damage is involved. The possible symptoms are blurred vision, forgetfulness, memory disturbance, dizziness, confusion, problems with balance and headache. You might lose consciousness also. Players should not start playing again until they are not fit. Most rugby players are very tough and don’t quit even after the serious injury. This is a wrong practice and can cause more harm in future. Medical professionals should be allowed to teams and players with the concussion should be stopped from playing until they are evaluated and advised by the doctors to start again
  2. Ankle sprain – Sprains are caused when you suddenly change direction, stop or start, or fall or land abruptly which is very common and repetitive in the game of rugby. This happens because when these movements occur, ligaments or muscles get overstretched as stress is pressured on them from twisting and the fibers ligament also get cracked. Sprains and strains are most common injuries in sports. As ankle joint is supported by ligaments from both inside and outside, similarly knees and shoulders are also supported by ligaments muscles, and sprains are common in these parts of the body. The severity of the sprain depends upon the intensity of the ligament tear. You can prevent this injury by maintaining ankle strength and flexibility. Also practicing physiotherapy will eventually rebuild the strength but sometimes ankle surgery is also required if the case is severe.
  3. Shoulder dislocation – Among the upper body injuries happened to rugby players, and shoulder dislocations are one of the most common injuries. The shoulder dislocation occurs due to direct stress placed on the joint in the shoulder during tackling in the game if the arm is rotated outwards. In the dislocation, the homers, the ball of the upper arm bone, is dislocated from the scapula which is the socket bone of the shoulder. This dislocation is may be partial or full. The degree of the dislocation will decide if the bone is twisted backward or forwards. For fewer chances of getting the dislocation, players should maintain the flexibility and strength of the shoulder muscles and bones especially the rotator cuff muscle, it will reduce the imbalances and weaknesses in the shoulder and prevent injury. Sometimes there are some other injuries and fractures are associated with the shoulder dislocation. Also, medical professionals should be allowed to teams which can readily be available at the time of the accident. Practicing physiotherapy will eventually rebuild the strength of the shoulder and player can come back to the field after the prescribed rest. Sometimes shoulder is damaged severely in the injury and surgeries like shoulder arthroscopy or other have to be carried out for the better result.
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