Are we surprised by the number of injuries at this years Rugby world cup ? Evidence from a previous study in Australia suggests that this is not a deviation from the norm for rugby union. (A guest posting from Dr John Evans, Solva).
(Australian Rugby Union 2013 Research of Injury Risks in Rugby Union ).
Could even more injuries bring about a lower standard of rugby in the final stages than would be expected ? A Study into rugby injuries (see link) suggested that
Key findings and implications: •” Injury incidence increases with age and level of play. ”
information from a research paper in 2005 (via link) . However a more recent audit from the English top tier clubs suggests things have changed since 2005
- “Concussion was, for the third consecutive season, the most commonly reported Premiership match injury (10.5/1000 player-hours) constituting 12.5% of all match injuries. Improving concussion awareness amongst players, coaches, referees and medical staff and the standardisation of concussion management has been the major medical focus of the English professional game since 2012 and is likely to have contributed significantly to this continued rise in concussion reporting.” link to full audit report here.
Most professional sports people have one year renewable insurance policies, either as individuals or through their team/club. Unfortunately these policies are stopped after serious debilitating injury, and the ongoing cost is met by the state. Is this appropriate in a cash strapped health service ? The NZ Herald reports skyrocketing costs of sports injuries in NZ.
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