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Physio For Rugby Injuries

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Ankle Sprain

Ankle sprains are generally non- contact injuries and can occur due to the ankle 'rolling in'. Generally rehab is around 4- 6 weeks depending on the severity

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Syndesmosis Injuries

These injuries commonly occur when caught in a tackle, forcing the ankle into an awkward position. High grade injuries may require surgery. 

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Hamstring Strains

Hamstring strains commonly occur to outside backs who have more space to run at high speeds. Injuries are multifactorial, but generally involve poor strength and load

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Shoulder Dislocations

Repeated shoulder dislocations will often require surgery as it can result in damage to the labrum and rotator cuff. 1st time dislocations are often managed conservatively 

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Neck Injuries

More common in forward packs who need to make a high amount of tackles a game or get caught in a 'crusher' tackle. These injuries can be niggly, but more severe injuries can have numbness or tingling

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ACL Injuries

Rupturing one of the major ligaments of the knee can result in an extended stint on the sideline. Being trained in change of direction, and contact work after is crucial. 

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AC Joint Injuries

One of the more annoying contact injuries, It is possible to play through a low to medium grade ACJ with padding and protection. It is often limited by pain

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Rehab For Rugby Injuries

Most injuries can be divided into one of two categories
- Contact
- Non - Contact

The key difference is that with contact injuries, it is crucial to involve return to contact component

Once pain and swelling has settled down, there will be a period of time focused on strength and flexibility, before introducing sport specific rehab

You can read more about our return to contact protocols here

But returning to baseline isn't enough. If you are an outside back coming back from a hamstring strain it it crucial that you are as strong and quick as you were before. You can read more on tips on increasing your sprint speed here.  This is relevant to all lower limb injuries, and you can read more about our return to running programs here

Coming back from an ACL injury is no easy feat. Whether you elect to do so without surgery, or with surgery we have you covered with our specialist ACL Rehab Program taking you from day 1 to performance

At SportsFit, we are the experts at returning you to Rugby and Rugby League, having worked with the Wests Tigers and Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs. Book in an appointment here

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