Posted November 09, 2018 08:23:17 Rugby players are sometimes injured during play, but they can recover faster than they might expect, according to a study.
A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine has found that the healing process of injured rugby players can be as quick as five to six weeks.
Injured players can take up to a year to return to full fitness, but some can take two to three years to recover.
The study looked at the recovery rate of rugby players who were injured during their first game, and the recovery of injured players over the following five to seven weeks.
“We found that there was no significant difference between rugby players recovering from injury during play versus injury that occurs outside of play,” said lead author Dr. Rebecca Dutts.
“Injury that occurred outside of the game occurred at much lower rates than injury that occurred during play.”
The researchers examined data from a sample of nearly 20,000 rugby players.
The players were randomly assigned to play the game in the first week of the season, the first three months of the year, or the second and third months of their first year of rugby.
The team playing in the second or third month was the same as the team playing during the first season.
Players who returned to play within the first four weeks were included in the study.
The researchers then looked at data from more than 3,000 injured rugby participants over the same period.
Injuries occurred during a wide variety of activities, including kicking, tackling, tackling while on the ground, blocking, and holding onto the ball.
The results showed that the rate of injury in injury occurred in the last five weeks of the first year.
When the researchers looked at whether the injury occurred during the second year of a rugby career, there was a significant increase in injury rates from the previous season.
However, when the researchers examined whether the injuries occurred in a rugby team or a rugby club, there were no significant differences between injuries occurring in a team or rugby club.
“The rate of recovery after injury in rugby was similar to that in soccer and basketball,” said Duts.
“Rugby players can recover much faster than people in other sports.”
The authors say the results may provide some clues to why rugby players recover faster from injury.
“There is an assumption that injury rates for athletes are similar across the sports, so it is important to investigate the factors that explain these differences in recovery rates,” said co-author Dr. Paul J. Krumm, a professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of California, San Diego.
The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Australian Research Council, the Royal College of Surgeons of Australia, and Australian Sport Council.
Source: The Conversation