Research Impact: Rugby-related injuries are widely reported in the literature, but little is known about the factors that may lead to these injuries occurring. The Irish Rugby Injury Surveillance (IRIS) Project is currently monitoring the incidence, nature and severity of injuries occurring across the amateur Rugby game in Ireland. Five teams (four male, one female) were screened during pre-season and subsequently monitored for injury throughout the season. Using these screening tests, injury risk profiles were created to highlight players at an increased risk of injury. The first risk profile showed a relationship between age, foot posture type and training pitch surface, leading injury occurrence, while the second risk profile showed a relationship between age, foot posture type and groin muscle strength.
Yeomans C., Comyns, T. M., Cahalan, R., Hayes, K., Costello, V., Warrington, G. D., Harrison, A. J., Lyons, M., Campbell, M. J., Glynn, L. G. & Kenny, I. C. 2019. The relationship between physical and wellness measures and injury in amateur rugby union players. Physical Therapy in Sport, 40, 59-65. DOI:10.1016/j.ptsp.2019.08.012