2012 Tom Donaldson Poster Prize 1st Place – Mr Robert Whitham
The Impact of the Tackle: Shoulder Injuries in a Rugby Union Team
Rugby Union (rugby) is the third most popular contact sport in the world and has one of the highest reported incidences of injuries amongst all sports. Thoroughly characterising these injuries may help develop preventative methods to reduce absence from rugby at professional and amateur levels. Although the tackle event is most commonly associated with concussion and cervical nerve root injuries, shoulder injuries are responsible for up to 46% of days lost to participation at a professional level. This study sought to evaluate the type, circumstances, and severity of shoulder injuries over the course of one season at a professional rugby team.