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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    How to successfully prevent rugby-related injuries

    Rugby is a fast-paced contact sport. As such, the range of possible rugby-related injuries is highly varied, making a detailed description of successful treatment for rugby-related injuries something that could not be covered in a few simple words.

    Possible injuries

    Rugby accidents can result in anything from minor cuts and bruises to fractured bones; deep muscle bruises or fractured bones; dislocations in fingers, elbows, shoulders, strained tendons and sprained ligaments. Facial fractures and concussion are also common, as are knee, neck, back and head injuries. Rugby injuries may also consist of repetitive strain injuries like shin splints – medial tibial stress syndrome – or knee or ankle tendinitis.


    Many injuries on the rugby pitch are caused by collisions with other players or slips, trips and falls during running and tackling, rucking and scrumming.

    Possible treatments

    For some injuries related to rugby, rest, pain killers and perhaps anti-inflammatory medication may be sufficient to aid recovery. Others may require surgery, and in most cases, physiotherapy will at some point be required to overcome the effects of the injury.


    Prevention is typically better than treatment, and like injuries by slipping, tripping or falling, for example, many injuries by rugby accidents can be prevented. Preventing personal injuries while playing rugby includes:

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    • Practising structured, balanced training regimes involving endurance, flexibility and strength
    • Learning proper game positioning to avoid potentially risky moves
    • Always using proper techniques when rucking, scrumming and tackling
    • Using properly fitted, quality mouth guards
    • Adhering to scrum formation rules
    • Participating in rugby at a level that matches your ability

    Discussing training and injury questions with sports medical professionals and trainers will also help to prevent rugby match accidents.


    If you suffer an injury by tripping, slipping or falling, especially in changing or shower rooms; by someone else ignoring rules on the pitch or during training or because your mouth guard is faulty, you may be eligible to claim for personal injury compensation.

    Getting advice

    You can discuss your injury and the circumstances leading to it with an advisor of Accident Advice Helpline to confirm whether or not you are entitled to claim compensation. Our helpline is open 24 hours, every day of the year. It is also confidential and free. Our lawyers work under conditional no-win no-fee* fee* agreements and, backed by years of experience in the claim sector, have the ability to bring claims to completion in an efficient and effective manner.

    Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.

    Date Published: April 27, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

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