Rugby Injuries

Rugby Injuries

What are rugby injuries?

Endurance running and contact unfortunately equals rugby injuries. Tackling, scrums, rucks and mauls equal running injuries. With the amount of running, there is the potential to experience overuse injuries as well as trauma injuries from the contact. Tendinitis in the knee is a common injury that rugby players experience due to the amount of running they have to do. Although usually not considered a “serious” injury, it can adversely affect performance and could result in more complicated conditions later down the line if not dealt with properly.

Trauma injuries which result in strained tendons or muscles and deep muscle bruises are also fairly common. Knee injuries like medial collateral and anterior cruciate ligament sprains can also occur from contact, or from a quick change of direction.

Most common rugby injuries:

  • Ankle Lateral Ligament Injury
  • Hamstring Injury
  • Medial Collateral Ligament Injury
  • Thigh Hematoma
  • Concussion

Ankle Lateral Ligament Injury

Less formerly known as a sprained ankle, this injury is a result of overstretched ligaments, which then causes damage to soft tissue. The area can become swollen if the capsule surrounding the joint is also damaged. Ankle sprains are particularly prevalent during play on uneven or unstable grounds, but can also occur on flat surfaces to the slightly less coordinated among us. Injuries can vary in terms of severity, from mild sprains to broken bones.

Regarding prevention, it’s a wise idea to utilize proprioception training, where players are taught to catch their balance during physically demanding activities. Wobble boards and braces can also be incorporated to training regimes to strengthen the areas.

Hamstring Injury

A hamstring injury is one of the most common injuries to occur in any land-based sport. It can occur as a result of improper warm-ups, generally weak or tight hamstring muscles, structural problems, poor running style, performing speed work on tired muscles and not leaving enough recovery time between matches. Usually, this entails a tear in any of the various muscle fibers that make up the hamstring.

To prevent a hamstring injury, it is important to improve your overall strength, conditioning and running technique. Should you suffer from one, introduce effective pain relief methods such as foam rolling and the dreaded ice bath to get you on the road to recovery in no time.

Treatment: Limit the use of your hamstring where possible. Work on reducing the inflammation through cooling. Apply a Physicool B Bandage for thirty minutes to one hour 2-4 hours per day. Evenings are best due to the weight that your leg has endured throughout the day but a lunchtime treatment will definitely help.

Medial Collateral Ligament Injury

The MCL is a ligament located in your knee, which works with other ligaments to give your stability when you’re up and about. An injury to this region usually involves a tear to the fibres or a complete rupture of the ligament. This is particularly common in rugby and is usually as a result of sudden changes of direction at speed or excessive force of a tackle, leading to a strain.

To reduce your risk of suffering from an MCL injury, be sure to focus on conditioning training around the strength of your knee, as well as pairing speed with agility during practice. In terms of treatment, wearing one of our Physicool size B bandages following an injury and throughout recovery will get you back to pitch-ready faster! Please seek medical assistance if you are worried about the injury and are worried that you have ruptured your ligament.

Thigh Hematoma

Thigh Hematoma refers to damage to blood vessels and is essentially a very severe and painful bruise. This occurs as a result of direct contact to the area, which is likely to happen during the physical contact and impact involved in tackles and scrums.

It is impossible to prevent this type of injury within rugby, due to the contact involved in play. Instead, you could benefit from focusing on maximizing your recovery plan, implementing RICE (rest, ice Size B Cooling Bandage, compression, elevation), which should be utilized as soon as possible following an injury.


A concussion is a traumatic head injury that can occur from mild and severe blows to the head. This is often experienced by rugby players and responsible for over 12% of all injuries in the game. Again, this is simply caused by the contact of the sport, although there is no player less or more likely to experience this type of damage.

Again, it is difficult to prevent this injury, as it usually takes place as a result of high impact collisions, which are unavoidable in rugby – wear a cap for protection. Alternatively, it is better to educate yourselves on the symptoms and treatments of concussion and work on how to determine the severity of the case. Head injuries are not to be taken lightly, and players should always seek further medical advice should they feel necessary.

It is important to have effective rugby injury pain relief to keep you going all season, particularly if you sustain a bad injury. Our range of Physicool products can help provide relief in the form of spray and cooling bandages, which can help provide relief to any swelling experienced, aiding in the recovery process. Coming in a range of sizes, these bandages can draw heat out of the area for a cooling effect and reduce the level of pain you are experiencing. The bandages can be used as both a preventive measure for any injuries that arise, or as part of the treatment for a more long-term injury.

Physicool is also a reliable rehabilitation aid, as it enables athletes and sport enthusiasts to recover quicker, train harder and reach peak performance more sooner after they have experienced their injury. The cooling benefit will reduce pain and swelling whilst the compression will limit inflammation. Combined, Physicool will help speed up healing and get you back to what you love doing faster.

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