Top medic says rugby has to evolve to deal with injury crisis

  • Top medic says rugby has to evolve to deal with injury crisis

Top medic says rugby has to evolve to deal with injury crisis

Bath also saw Sam Underhill and Zach Mercer hurt with England.

It's nearly a year since the Rugby Football Union released an eight-point action plan to tackle the increasing severity of injuries in professional rugby, but the size of their task remains daunting.

"Obviously worldwide rugby is played at a greater intensity so training is at a greater intensity so we are trying to manage that transition", Melville said. 'International players train at greater intensity, so we're trying to manage players better as they transition from one environment to another. Nathan Soyeux, a 23-year-old student, passed away in Dijon on Monday after suffering injuries in a game in November.

While it will take time for law designs to be amended, the avoidance of training injuries is a much more realistic short-term ambition.

World Rugby has sought to limit the further spread of concussion injuries by trialling lower tackle height regulations, while the RFU is working with World Rugby on the idea of a post-game high-tackle warning for challenges that go unpunished during the match.

The average number of days that it now takes to recover from an injury on the professional game is 37, compared with 29 two years ago and an average of 20 for recorded figures the previous decade. "There's greater intensity in worldwide training and strength and conditioning coaches are working between club and country". It is critical that all stakeholders - medics, coaches, officials and players - work together on possible solutions.

The report showed that the overall number of injuries in all competitions was slightly higher than the yearly average but that there had been a steep rise in the number of more severe injuries leading to lengthy absences. "The PRISP data suggests that more significant changes to the game might be needed to reverse these trends". Last season's figures reveal that injuries in top-level rugby are more severe than they ever have been. Obano's injury prompted a heated exchange between the England head coach and Bath owner Bruce Craig, with the latter branding the number of injuries sustained during camps as "totally unacceptable". Overall, more than half - 52 percent - of all match injuries are sustained in the tackle. "We are halfway through the trial so can't report on its effect on concussion yet".

The mean severity of medically diagnosed match concussions in 2017-18 was 19 days.

The overall "burden of match injury" - a combination of both incidence and severity - now stands at the highest level since English rugby chiefs started keeping the data in 2002.

Compliance was shown to be well observed, with no player returning within the six-day period.

As a player you are aware that injuries happen and that efforts are being made to improve player safety with the new tackle laws, but you tend not to acknowledge it or let it sink into your mind, or influence the way you play.

"Concussion accounted for 18 per cent of all injuries to the ball carrier and 37 per cent of all injuries to the tackler, highlighting the tackle as the key game event to consider when developing concussion and all injury reduction strategies".