2012 Tom Donaldson Poster Prize 3rd Place – Mr Jack Nash
Severity and Significance: Injuries and Illnesses in a professional rugby club
Levels of injury in rugby union have increased dramatically since the game became professional in the mid ‘90s. Recent figures suggest that at a premiership club, 23% of the playing staff are unavailable for selection at any given time. High profile examples show that injury prevention and reduction can be the difference between winning and losing. Analysis of injury data is extremely useful in predicting future injuries and when they may occur. Auditing the injuries and illnesses sustained in a 12 month period at Sale Sharks RFC (SSRFC) has enabled the tailoring of training and technique. The findings of this audit will help shape injury prevention programmes at the club.