Evaluation of tackling biomechanics in rugby: video incident analysis and experimental set up

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Abstract

This study consisted of a video incident analysis of rugby tackles leading to spinal injuries, where players’ behaviours and observed loading mechanisms were coded for each incident. The key features of these events were summarised, revealing the role of highspeed impacts, illegal tackles, and poor tackle technique in injury-causing tackles. In addition, lateral bending moments and lateral flexion movements were more prevalent than suggested by previous research. This investigation informed an experimental protocol for the analysis of simulated rugby tackles, with the final goal to obtain measures of cervical spine biomechanics during tackles. Data captured from this protocol could also
be input into a full-body musculoskeletal model to provide descriptions of internal cervical spine loading in different tackle event scenarios.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 33st International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports (2015) Poitiers, France, June 29 – July 3, 2015
Pages555-558
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventXXXIII International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports - Poitiers, France
Duration: 29 Jun 20153 Jul 2015

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ConferenceXXXIII International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports
CountryFrance
CityPoitiers
Period29/06/153/07/15

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    Seminati, E., Cazzola, D., Preatoni, E., & Trewartha, G. (2015). Evaluation of tackling biomechanics in rugby: video incident analysis and experimental set up. In Proceedings of the 33st International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports (2015) Poitiers, France, June 29 – July 3, 2015 (pp. 555-558)