Physical collisions and injury during professional rugby league skills training

Gabbett, Tim, Jenkins, David and Abernethy, Bruce (2010) Physical collisions and injury during professional rugby league skills training. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 13 6: 578-583. doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2010.03.007

Author Gabbett, Tim
Jenkins, David
Abernethy, Bruce
Title Physical collisions and injury during professional rugby league skills training
Journal name Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-2440
Publication date 2010-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jsams.2010.03.007
Volume 13
Issue 6
Start page 578
End page 583
Total pages 6
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This study described the number and intensity of collisions experienced by professional rugby league players during pre-season and inseason skills training sessions using microtechnology (e.g. accelerometers, gyroscopes). Short, medium, and long recovery periods between matches were accounted for and the incidence of collision injuries sustained in the training environment was also assessed. Thirty professional
rugby league players (mean±SD age, 23.6±3.8 yr) participated in this study. The number and intensity of collisions and the incidence of collision injuries were monitored during 117 skills training sessions. Over the course of the season, an average of 77 collisions occurred per player, per session. The average number of mild, moderate, and heavy collisions performed by each member of the squad per session was 24, 46, and 7, respectively. A total of 37 collision injuries were recorded during training over the season, equating to an injury incidence of 6.4 per 10,000 collisions. Over half (54.1%) of all collision injuries resulted in no loss of training time, and less than 14% of collision injuries resulted in a missed match. The greatest number of collisions occurred during training sessions in the weeks with the longest recovery between matches (10 days). The incidence of collision injuries also peaked during the 10 day between match recovery cycle. These findings
demonstrate that while significant physiological demands are placed on rugby league players as a result of the large number and intensity of physical collisions performed in training, these collisions are associated with minimal injury risk.
© 2010 Sports Medicine Australia. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keyword Contact sport
Team sport
Injury incidence
Rugby league
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Received 27 November 2009; received in revised form 2 March 2010; accepted 9 March 2010

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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