Osteopathy & Rugby Part I: Rugby Injuries

As it is week 4 of the 6 Nations we thought we would do a series of blogs on Osteopathy and rugby, and how it can benefit rugby players!

If you are a regular, dedicated rugby player you have most likely experienced a frustrating lay-off due to one or more common injuries.

Many of these injuries are preventable through correct stretching and muscle-balancing exercises.

Rugby injuries are common due to the physical nature of the game but also the exertion the game places on a rugby plpayers body. Unsurprisingly, most rugby injuries occur during the second half of a match when players are tired.

Rugby injuries are not all as a result of impact (extrinsic injuries); they can develop over time, building up stress and strain before the big painful reaction that side-lines you (intrinsic injury).

It is crucial to pay attention to those niggling aches and pains, especially chronic pain which hasn’t subsided for a prolonged period of time.

On the one hand, if you neglect to train for any sport your fitness will be lower, your muscles will be liable to strains and aches due to the physical exertion and by the end of a game you will be prone to a serious injury.

Equally, you may train regularly at your local club but this in itself can be a big factor in rugby injuries; not all injuries are down to impact, they can develop over time, building up stress and strain before the big painful reaction that side-lines you.

This can happen when doing something as medial as undertaking more running than your legs are actually ready for, resuliting in overtraining which is associated with a high rate of leg injuries during the playing season, resulting in a long lay-offs.