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Title: Identifying risk factors for injuries in university rugby players
Authors: Mirsafaei Rizi, R
Yeung, EW 
Yeung, SS 
Stewart, N
Issue Date: 2016
Source: 10th International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) World Congress, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 29 May-2 June 2016, p. 806 (Abstracts) How to cite?
Abstract: Introduction/Background: Rugby is a demanding game with many physical collisions and tackles potentially leading to musculoskeletal injuries. Because of the nature of the sports, rugby not only requires a range of individual skills but also well-developed fitness. The role of physical fitness in the risk of rugby-related injury is not well known. The purpose of this prospective cohort study was to determine the influence of physical fitness as risk factors for injuries, taking exposure time into account.
Material and Methods: Rugby players from 3 Hong Kong universities (n=84; 75M:9F; 20.6±1.1 years) were recruited at the beginning of the season 2014/15. Players were asked to complete a questionnaire relating to demographic characteristics, playing experience and history of previous injuries. The players then underwent pre-season assessment of physical fitness including power, strength, speed, agility, endurance, stability and flexibility. Any rugby-related injuries sustained during the season were reported online. At the end of the season, independent variables were selected and analysed using Cox proportional hazards regression to identify predictors of injury.
Results: The injury incidence was 47.08/1000 match hours and 3.59/1000 training hours. A majority of injuries (70%) occurred in the first 35 hours of exposure. Most injuries (30.4%) were severe and 78.4% of injuries were caused by contact. Ankle joint was the most prevalent injury site and the ligamentous injury was most common (39.1%). Cox regression revealed that history of previous injury (HR=2.86, 95%CI=1.0‐7.6), gender (HR=4.09, 95%CI=1.4‐11.9) and hip flexors tightness (HR=1.10, 95%CI=1.0-1.2) were significant predictors of injury.
Conclusion: Players with previous injury history and female players are at a greater risk for rugby-related injuries in university players. The transition from off-season training to increase in training volume may need careful consideration to prevent injuries.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/64604
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