School rugby teams can expect to lose an average of 324 days from play due to injuries to their players each season, with head injuries — including concussion — one of the biggest issues.
After examining data from 15 male school Senior Cup teams across two seasons, researchers from the University of Limerick found:
- tackling is the main reason for injuries sustained by teenage rugby players;
- the highest proportion of injuries occurred during the third quarter of games;
- forwards were more likely than backs to suffer an injury, particularly around the high rate of head and shoulder injuries.
The researchers said that last point suggests the need for more targeted injury-prevention strategies and further education and laws around the tackle.
Sports Health, published in the Their study journal, analysed
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