Incidence of injury in junior rugby league players

Inglis, Paul, Doma, Kenji, and Deakin, Glen (2015) Incidence of injury in junior rugby league players. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 23 (6). pp. 98-100.

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Rugby league is a collision sport that is intermittent in nature consisting of bursts of high intensity activity (e.g. sprinting and tackling) and low intensity activity (e.g. walking and standing) (1 ). Unfortunately, due to the high number of collisions and the physical nature of the game, muscular skeletal injures are common (2). A recent report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) revealed that there was a high rate of hospitalisations as a result of sports injuries sustained while playing football (i.e. Australian Rules, Soccer, Rugby League and Rugby Union) (3). This report also found that, within the football group, rugby league injuries represented one of the highest hospital admissions rates, especially rugby league players who are 15 to 17 year old and in regional and remote areas. Sports Medicine Australia responded to this report by highlighting the need to increase awareness of sports injury prevention and its management (4). Van Mechelen (5) proposed that the first step behind the injury prevention process is ongoing injury surveillance. To date only six studies have been published on the incidence of injury in junior rugby league players with the majority of studies focusing on professional, semi-professional and amateur senior players. Of the six studies on junior rugby league injury rates, four have focused on post pubertal players aged between 16 to 19 years old (6-9) while two studies reported injuries to peri pubertal players aged between 6 to 15 years old (10, 11). The frequency of injury in junior rugby league players has typically been shown to increase with age with under 6 players recording an injury rate of 3.4 per 1000 playing hours (11) while under 19 players recorded an injury rate of 406 per 1000 playing hours (6). This increase in the rate of injury as the age group increases has been attributed to an increase in growth and development of the players and increase in body mass and speed which would result in greater impact forces between players (11).

Item ID: 41134
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 1836-649X
Keywords: junior rugby league, injuries, player position
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2016 03:24
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110604 Sports Medicine @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920409 Injury Control @ 100%
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