Rugby is a high-intensity, fast-moving, high-impact team sport and injuries are fairly common. According to PhysioWorks, rugby injury rates during a rugby match are almost three times as high as those of football.
Injuries are more likely to be sustained during a rugby match than during training. More often than not, player injuries are suffered during the second half of a match, when players are beginning to tire.
Factors identified as increasing the risk of personal injury during a rugby match include:
- Mismatch in opposing front rows’ experience, such as a less skilled or lower-ranked team within a division
- Forward positions
- Being tackled
It appears players are also more likely to sustain rugby-related injuries at the beginning of the rugby season.
Common rugby match accidents
The majority of injuries are caused by:
- Collisions with other players
- Tackling and being tackled
- Cleats causing injuries during mauls and rucks
- Facial cuts and external deformity of ears (cauliflower ear) during scrums
Slips, trips and falls are also responsible for many injuries on the rugby pitch.
Common rugby match injuries
More than 40 per cent of rugby match injuries are muscular contusions (bruising) or strains, with another 30 per cent consisting of sprains.
Overuse injuries, lacerations, fractures and dislocations are also relatively common, and almost one in every seven injuries is an ankle sprain.
Head injuries, including concussions, account for between five and 25 per cent of accidental injuries on the pitch.
While rugby players are generally aware of the risk they take every time they participate in rugby match, there are some scenarios that may entitle an injured player to rugby injury compensation. Such scenarios could, for instance, include injuries by tripping on a poorly maintained pitch or injuries resulting from:
- Dangerous tackles
- Sub-standard or poor refereeing
- Physical assault by opponents
- Negligent medical advice or treatment
While this list does contain some of the most typical rugby accident claim scenarios, it is by no means comprehensive.
If you suffered an injury while playing rugby, you should therefore contact us, Accident Advice Helpline, regardless of how your injury occurred. Our sports injury specialists will be able to quickly determine whether your rugby accident warrants a claim.
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Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice