Rugby is a high-impact sport that can lead to a variety of injuries. Here are some of the most common injuries that rugby players may experience and how we at Achieve Health can help.
What We Treat
Below are some common injuries rugby players suffer from, and some information about how physiotherapy can help/how we treat.
Rugby players are at risk of concussions due to the high-impact collisions that occur during the game. A player’s health may suffer long-term consequences as a result of this traumatic injury. Through a range of approaches like whiplash treatment and balance/vestibular training, physiotherapy can help manage symptoms like headaches, vertigo, and balance issues. In order to avoid further injuries, players can also work with physiotherapists to progressively resume activity in a safe and controlled manner.
Rugby players often suffer from nasty shoulder injuries, from tears to dislocations. Through physiotherapy exercises and manual treatment methods like mobilisation and massage, patients can experience pain relief and improved range of motion. In order to rehabilitate and prevent further injuries, physiotherapists can also provide athletes exercises to strengthen and stabilise the shoulder joint – to ensure it can cope the demands of rugby.
Debilitating knee injuries like ACL tears, meniscus tears, and patellar dislocations call for a thorough rehabilitation plan. Through hands on manual therapy, physiotherapy can aid in the reduction of pain, oedema, and stiffness and promote healing. Additionally, physiotherapists can offer balance and proprioceptive training as well as important exercises to strengthen and stabilise the knee joint in order to reduce the risk of further injuries and rehabilitate from current injuries.
Ankle sprains and fractures:
Physiotherapy can aid in recovery and help players stay healthy in the future. In order to lessen pain and increase range of motion, physiotherapists can employ strategies like manual therapy, taping, and bracing. In order to prevent further injuries, they can also offer exercises to enhance proprioception, strength, and balance in the ankle joint. Rehab and care after a fracture or broken ankle is vital – to withstand the likely impact it will go through again when playing.
Players can recover from hamstring strains and avoid further injuries with the help of physiotherapy. Hamstring strains can be aggravating and hard to heal. To relieve discomfort and increase hamstring muscle flexibility and strength, physiotherapists might employ methods like manual therapy, stretching, and strengthening exercises. Additionally, they can impart knowledge on possible weakness regions or biomechanical issues that lead to the strain/tear in the first place.
Neck injuries are a major concern in rugby, and physiotherapy can be extremely helpful in managing and preventing them. Manual therapy methods can be used by physiotherapists to increase range of motion and lessen pain. In order to prevent further injuries, they can also instruct players on proper tackling and scrumming tactics and offer exercises to strengthen and stabilise the neck muscles.
To help players regain full function after a fracture, such as collarbone or rib, a thorough rehabilitation programme is necessary. By using methods like compression, mobilisations and manual therapy, physiotherapy can assist athletes in controlling their discomfort and swelling. Additionally, physiotherapists can give players exercises to preserve their strength and range of motion in the injured area while they gradually return to full activity.
How We Can Help!
Generally, physiotherapy can also be used to treat a variety of soft tissue injuries such muscular strains and contusions.
Like mentioned above, we at Achieve Health are specialised in a multitude of assessment, treatment and rehabilitation skills – allowing for not only injury recovery from any injury but also advice to get any player stronger, faster, fitter and less likely to get injured.