Stop. Breathe in, breathe out… Mindfulness hitting the New Zealand rugby scene

By Anna Van Dissen Stop. Breathe in, breathe out… This simple technique seems to have taken the country by storm this season. Much like Gatorade and Weetbix, if the All Blacks are endorsing it, it’s gotta be good, right? Good enough for the New Zealand Warriors to start doing it anyway, and I’ve seen Club […]

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Rugby Union injuries: future research

Stuart Bailey @stujohnbailey, Edinburgh Napier University & Scottish Rugby PhD Student As the 2018/19 rugby union season continues, player welfare is (once again) a hot topic amongst pundits, the media, and fans. Rugby at the community level is a form of physical activity and has overall physical health and wellness benefits. But what about elite players? […]

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Removing the tackle from schools’ rugby: A safeguarding perspective

  By Drs. Adam White @AdamJohnWhite and Melanie Lang @DrMelLang THE BACKGROUND TO TACKLING IN SCHOOLS’ RUGBY Schools’ rugby is currently receiving significant scrutiny as a result of the injuries, particularly concussions, that are frequently an outcome of tackling. [1] We, and the Sport Collision Injury Collective, called upon the UK and devolved governments to remove the […]

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Banning the tackle in school rugby: Let’s put it into context.

By Kass Gibson (@kassgibson) Proponents and critics of tackle rugby agree that the tackle is the most injurious aspect of the game.[1,2] Nonetheless, fierce debate regarding serious injury aetiology, harm minimization and maximizing health benefit in rugby has emerged.[3,4] I write as an academic and former Physical Education (PE) teacher who supports neither banning nor teaching […]

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Reflections on the World Rugby Science Network 2017

  By Kate Moores @KLM390 and Claire Guthrie @C6uthrie Bringing together the best minds in World Rugby to discuss training, recovery, injuries and everything in between, the World Rugby Science Network (#RSNLive17) held the third annual conference at the University of Bath on Tuesday 12th September. Dr James Betts started the day off discussing protein and carbohydrate intake post-training […]

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Paraceta-MORE: The increasing over-reliance on painkillers in sport

Undergraduate perspective on Sport & Exercise Medicine – a BJSM blog series By Adil Iqbal  Rugby World magazine ran an article back in April which really got me thinking. The article focused on painkiller use in rugby featuring a prominent ex-professional player’s first-hand account of frequent painkiller use and all the issues he was now suffering from(1). […]

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Safety in youth rugby: education is not the answer to the concussion crisis

By Adam White @AdJWhite, Dr. Tim Gamble, and John Batten @JBatz85  Injury worries Despite the potential health benefits from participating in the sport, rugby is under increasing scrutiny as a result of the high number of injuries experienced by youth participants. We know, for example, that injury rates in rugby union for participants under 21 years of age can be […]

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Working in gymnastics – it’s a balancing act

By Emily Ross (@EmilyRossPhysio) Whoa…working in gymnastics, where do we start? Gymnastics is a mesmerising sport which requires a level of power, flexibility, and not to mention a dedication and focus I have never previously witnessed in a childhood and adolescent age group. We are going to do a roundoff full twist through my top […]

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#RSNlive16: Rugby Science Network 2016 Conference (September 13th and 14th, 2016)

Tackling. Concussion. Doping. Rugby is a sport which has had to confront some big topics in the public domain over the past few years, and has persistently shown significant commitment to ensuring the welfare of its participants, be it through research, education, or otherwise. As a collision sport, injuries are unavoidable – and so there […]

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International Rugby Sevens Returns to Singapore: The Medical Team’s Perspective!

By Dr Dinesh Sirisena (@sports_med_doc) and Dr Joanne Probert (@probertjo) Dinesh was both Field of Play Lead and Match Day Doctor, and Joanne was Medical Director at the 2016 Rugby Sevens.  They share their experience of being part of the medical team, when preparing for and delivering care and end with 5 take home points […]

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