Knee injuries are among the most common injuries suffered by rugby players, with serious injuries often resulting in rigorous rehabilitation and medical care, which can result in players being absent for long periods.
While players often return to convalescent and likely to play similarly to their pre-injury streak, a new local study suggests that post-injury elite rugby players not only slow down in speed but also in their thinking.
Researchers at Stellenbosch University found that injured players after a serious knee injury run slower and make decisions when playing again. They argue that slower decision-making after injury can lead to decreased game performance and increased risk of injury.
On the other hand, uninjured players were significantly faster over 10m and 30m speeds compared to the injured players Exams. The backlash vault results showed a significant improvement in the uninjured participants.
Approximately 14 elite male rugby players from the Cape Winelands and Cape Town, who sustained a serious knee injury either in a game or during training, took share the study. A serious injury was defined as a player who was unable to train for at least 28 days after an injury. The time lost for injured participants ranged from two months to 10 months from the date of injury to their return to play.
While injured players’ running speeds and decision times were slower, uninjured players had a “Positive Training Score” and engaging in gameplay by improving their running speed and lower-body explosive power throughout the season,” the researchers noted.
While there have been recent consensus statements about returning to the game, the researchers said, “there are many questions about it when it is safe for an athlete to play again and what the ideal release criteria are.”
“Medical professionals working in an elite environment make decisions about returning to sport on a daily basis, even though it is a challenging task , balancing this with the athlete’s willingness to return to the field and any other stakeholders such as coaches, sponso ren, teammates.”
Principal researcher Aneurin Robyn also writes in SA Journal of Physiotherapy team physiotherapist f or Stormers and Springboks, and colleagues said the latest study provides insight into the physical profile of elite rugby players after injury in order to play again.
He said when players are injured they are expected to recover and perform at the same level as before her injury. While there is extensive research on knee injuries, studies on return to play after knee injuries in rugby unions remain scarce and there is no consensus on the criteria for returning to play after injury. p>
“A novel finding was the lack of time injured players had in making return-to-game decisions. This underscores the importance of cognitive training during injury rehabilitation, as athletes make many decisions in a pressurized and uncontrolled environment during a game,” said Robyn.
“The development of speed training is recommended after Strength, balance and motor control were regained as athletes slowed after a serious knee injury.”
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