Rugby Injuries

Rugby Injuries

Rugby Hurts: How to Prevent Injuries Becoming a Long-Term Problem


We are half-way through an exciting Rugby World Cup, and we’ve put together some resources on the topic of rugby injuries.


Did you know?


  • The hooker (No.2) is the most injured player on the field, accounting for 26% of all injuries
  • The No. 1 shirt suffers more shoulder injuries than any other players
  • The No. 3 shirt ranks highest in the ankle injury charts
  • The No. 10 shirt suffers the most concussions


Rugby is a fast-moving, high-intensity team sport. It’s played by both men and women at all levels and the benefits of participation are many.

However, as a sport, it also boasts a high injury rate, with as many as 1 in 4 players being injured during a rugby season. The injury rates of rugby are three times higher than those of football.

On average a player will perform 20-40 tackles per match and as 60% of all injuries are to the tackler.

The two age groups that experience the most injuries are the 10-18 age year group and the 24-34 year ago group. In the younger age group, this is probably due to differences in developmental stages. Some mature early, while others take a little longer to catch up. In the older age group, it Is often as a result of  the intensity of training and match play.


Common Rugby Injuries


The highest number of injuries are muscle strains and muscle bruises (40% ), then ligament sprains (30%) , and finally dislocations, fractures, lacerations and overuse injuries (30%).

Between 5-25% of rugby injuries are head injuries, of which 44% are concussions. This is a subject we’ll be covering in more detail in a future blog post, as management of this condition is vital to successful recovery.


It is particularly important that injuries to younger players are managed well in order to prevent the problems becoming more serious. This can mean delayed healing and delayed return to sport.

While young players can sustain all the same injuries that adult players sustain, their immature skeleton makes them prone to specific injuries to which adult players would not be susceptible. These injuries usually involve the ends of the bones where the growth plates are situated.

When managing a youth team it is important to allow the players to play at their own intensity and pace, encouraging them engage in pre-season training directed at cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, core strength and positional specific training.


If in doubt regarding either your own injuries or those of your children,  please do contact the clinic for advice, or see your GP.


We have a range of free advice leaflets as well as exercise handouts on all the most common rugby injuries, including advice on how to prevent as well as treat them. rugby injury resources thumbnail



To download our advice leaflets on a wide range of rugby injuries, just click the following link rugby injury resources for this campaign

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