Scrum injury risk in English professional rugby union

A.E. Taylor, S. Kemp, G. Trewartha, K.A. Stokes

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Objective: To assess and evaluate the injury risk associated with the scrum in English professional rugby union in the 2011-2012 season. Design: Prospective, cohort. Participants: Players at English Premiership rugby union clubs. Outcome measures: Frequency of team scrum-events per match; incidence (injuries per 1000 player-hours; propensity (injuries/1000 events); risk (days absence per 1000 player-hours and days absence per 1000 events). Results: 31% of scrums in competitive matches resulted in collapse. Injury incidence associated with collapsed scrum-events (incidence: 8.6 injuries/1000 scrum-events) was significantly higher than those scrums that did not collapse (incidence: 4.1/1000 scrum-events). Conclusions: The injury risk associated with collapsed scrum supports the continued focus on reducing scrum collapse through changes in, and strict application of, the laws surrounding the scrum.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1066-1068
JournalBritish Journal of Sports Medicine
Early online date6 Mar 2014
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014


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