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Rugby Injuries

Some sports injuries are more serious than others but rest assured if you do suffer an injury we have the knowledge and experience to help.

Common Rugby injuries:

Dislocated shoulder

This occurs when a player’s arm is pulled or forced from its joint in the shoulder, most commonly in a fall or a collision with another player.

Ankle sprain

A sprained ankle occurs when there is soft tissue damage to the ligaments in the ankle joint. Around 70-85% of ankle sprains are ‘inversion’ sprains.

This occurs when you roll the ankle outward and the sole of the foot faces in and up. This can happen during a tackle, by running on uneven ground or landing awkwardly.

Calf strain

The calf is at the back of the lower leg and is made up of two key muscles which enable players to push off and run. Like other muscles, the calf can be torn and strained when stretched beyond its limits.

Thigh (quadriceps) strain

This is where a tear occurs in the quadriceps group of muscles found on the front of the thigh that are responsible for straightening the leg, ie, when kicking a ball.

Meniscus injury

There are two meniscus (a type of cartilage) in the knee. Kidney shaped, they provide a cushion between the upper and lower leg bones and can be pinched and torn under pressure. This tends to happen during twisting movements. 

There are many different types of meniscal tear, including a ‘bucket handle’, ‘radial’, ‘parrot beak’ and ‘horizontal cleavage’ tear.  Each tear will alter the biomechanics of the knee and therefore can cause irritation, swelling and pain.

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury

This is the supporting ligament in the knee joint that enables twisting and turning movements. It can tear or completely rupture during an awkward landing or fall, or under impact of a tackle.

Medial collateral ligament (MCL) sprain

This is the ligament that joins the thigh bone and the shin bone and is found on the inner side of the knee joint. As with the ACL, it can be torn through twisting or impact.

Hamstring strain

The hamstrings are a group of four muscles found at the back of the thigh. These muscles bend the knee. When they are overstretched the muscle fibres can tear leading to a strain. These muscles tend to tear during explosive or rapid movements such as sprinting.

Groin strain

This is a strain of the adductor muscles on the inside of the thigh and occurs when they are stretched beyond their limits and the muscle tissue tears. This can happen when players are stretching or side-stepping.

Muscle contusion and bony bruises

This is where a muscle or bony prominence (most often around the hip and thigh) gets bruised in a fall or blow. The impact can cause damage to the muscle or bone causing swelling and visible bruising, and often limits the amount of movement in that area.

Sports Injuries Treated