The incidence and occurrence of injuries to junior rugby league players in a tropical environment

Inglis, Paul Richard, Doma, Kenji, and Deakin, Glen Bede (2019) The incidence and occurrence of injuries to junior rugby league players in a tropical environment. Journal of Human Kinetics, 67 (1). pp. 101-110.

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This study investigated the effect of the environment, jersey color and ground conditions on injury rates in junior rugby-league players in a tropical environment. Injury, environment and ground condition data were collected during each game, over one season (n = 12 rounds). The study investigated three teams (n = 64): one under-16 team in striped jerseys and two under-14 teams in black and orange jerseys. The injury rates for the under-16 team (83.3/1000 hrs) were higher than for the under-14 teams in black (69.9/1000 hrs) and orange (59.9/1000 hrs) jerseys. In the under16 team, a negative correlation (r = -0.66, p < 0.05) was found between players’ injuries and heat index, while in the under-14 team in black jerseys, a positive correlation was observed (r = 0.90, p < 0.01), although in the under-14 team in orange, no significant correlation was found (r = 0.140, p > 0.05). In the under-14 team in black, a significant correlation (r = 0.80, p < 0.01) between players’ injuries and the temperature was observed. However, no correlations were found with any other variables per group (p > 0.05) and injury rates were not different between the teams (p > 0.05). While ground conditions had no effect on injury rates, it appears that the heat acted as a protection against injury for teams with striped and orange jerseys. However, black jerseys may put players at an increased risk of injury during hot and humid day games.

Item ID: 58914
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1899-7562
Keywords: ground conditions; heat; humidity; garment color
Copyright Information: © Editorial Committee of Journal of Human Kinetics. This is an open access article under the terms of a Creative Commons (CCxNC-ND 3.0) license.
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2019 04:19
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420702 Exercise physiology @ 50%
32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3202 Clinical sciences > 320225 Sports medicine @ 50%
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