There has been a lot in the News recently about injuries in sport, whether that’s professional athletes in elite competitions or children taking part in sport at school.
We all know there are significant health benefits associated with exercise, but there is also a risk of injury. If you have been unlucky enough to be injured you will know it can be tough, not only because of the pain of the injury itself but everything that comes with it, including the time away from your team mates; the impact on your work or on your everyday tasks can be huge. This can put people off taking up certain sports or deter people from going back to those sports after they have recovered from an injury.
Taking part in any sport involves a risk of injury but the risk is higher with some sports than others.
Recently there has been a lot of research in to the best was to reduce the risk of injury when taking part in sport, to enable you to enjoy all the benefits with the piece of mind that you have minimised the chance of picking up those annoying niggles and life-limiting injuries.
Rugby is generally regarded as a sport with a relatively high injury rate, which is why the Rugby Football Union (RFU) is leading the charge on Injury Prevention. This follows a study they carried out in partnership with the University of Bath which has been published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
(The link to the full article is below).
The study found some very significant results – a reduction of 72% of injuries in Rugby Union. They even found a reduction of concussion rates of 52%. These impressive results were achieved by simply implementing 15 -20 minute injury prevention sessions 3 times a week. These sessions included simple exercises such as balance, whole body resistance, plyometric, landing and cutting maneuvers.
It is difficult to argue against the significant benefit of reducing the risk of injuries by 72% verses a few extra minutes of training.
The RFU have announced that next season they are giving Coaches and Teachers the opportunity to attend sessions on how to implement injury prevention programs. This will give them an opportunity to pass on the knowledge that a simple set of exercise a few times a week can have a dramatic impact on the risk of injury. This will hopefully help a generation of people get all the benefits from exercise with a significantly reduced risk of injury
The RFU has also revealed they are going to conduct further studies in to younger players and female athletes.
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Here is a link to the full study – https://goo.gl/JFMo45
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