These are some of the most common injuries associated with playing rugby

Next to soccer, rugby is the most watched sport in South Africa and is often enjoyed alongside a braai with a bunch of passionate supporters rallying behind their team.

Although rugby makes for adrenalin pumped viewing, it is incredibly taxing on the body and is considered as one of the most dangerous contact sports in the world. A common denominator amongst the players is that they have incredibly muscular upper bodies and the reason for this is to better absorb tackles from the opposition and also to win the ball in the scrum. Statistics show that as many as 1 in 4 rugby players will suffer an injury during the season.

Even though most players have quite a bit of muscle, they also possess very good agility and cardiovascular stamina to keep going at the opposition for 80 minutes. Drawing blood is nothing new and often serves as ‘battle scars’ from a particularly grueling match.

In a professional sphere, New Zealand and South Africa are the most successful teams in the history of the World Cup, with three wins each – though the latter (country) currently holds the title as champions.

With rugby being a full on contact sport, Gumtree lists some of the most common injuries associated with it:


A concussion is a brain injury that is caused by a strong bump or blow to the head that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. Concussions are then inevitably caused as a result of repeated high intensity tackles that take place over a period of time – as an example and on average, each player performs 20 to 40 tackles per match. To soften the blow, there are head gear that covers the skull and ears.


Because of the ferocity of tackles and if the player is not adequately prepared, it is very easy to dislocate something. A shoulder, or collarbone dislocation, is a common occurrence in the sport and for the more severe instances, the arm would need to be placed in a sling or require AC joint or ligament surgery.

(Ankle) Sprain

As much as tackling is pivotal, the lower part of the body also needs to be in top shape to get across areas of the pitch as quickly as possible. A sprained ankle is usually minor and is caused when the ankle is twisted inwards due to a player either changing direction abruptly or because of an uneven playing surface. A more severe type can potentially damage ligaments and require surgery.

Bone fractures

Due to repeated impact blows, a (slight) bone break is not too far away and can halt a player’s career for a substantial amount of time to allow for healing. Some fractures are a bit more severe and may require surgery where metal rods will need to be inserted.

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