Towards a contact model of the Rugby Union scrum

Zak Sheehy, James Cowburn, Andrea Braschi, Josh Carter, Grant Trewartha, Ezio Preatoni, Dario Cazzola

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The scrum is a rugby union set piece used to restart play after a rule infringement or stoppage. Whilst scrum injury incidence appears to be less than that of other rugby activities, the mean severity of injury appears to be relatively high [1], with the front-row players being most susceptible [2]. Experimental investigation with risk of injury to participants is unethical but insilico methods allow for simulation of injurious scenarios without fear of harm. Investigation of the forces acting on players within the scrum may allow researchers to better understand the mechanisms of injury. However, directly measuring forces in-field is currently impossible. Thus, the aim of this study was to create a scrum-based contact model of the shoulder to investigate forces experienced by the front row.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAbstract book of the 29th Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB)
PublisherInternational Society of Biomechanics (ISB)
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 3 Aug 2023
EventCongress of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) - Fukuoka, Japan
Duration: 30 Jul 20233 Aug 2023
Conference number: 29


ConferenceCongress of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB)
Abbreviated titleISB Conference
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Bibliographical note

Abstract book of the 29th Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) / 29th Congress of the Japanese Society of Biomechanics. Fukuoka, Japan, July 30 - August 3, 2023

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