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Shoulder injuries in adolescent rugby players

Hodhody, G, Mackenzie, TA and Funk, L 2016, 'Shoulder injuries in adolescent rugby players' , Shoulder and Elbow, 8 (3) , pp. 159-166.

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Background: Rugby is a high-intensity contact sport, frequently causing shoulder injuries. Between the ages of 12 years to 18 years, academy and county level players are being selected for professional contracts, making this is a critical stage of their career. The present study aimed to describe the patterns of injury in adolescent rugby players with shoulder injuries. Methods: Academy and county level rugby players in the target age group, over a 7-year period, were included in the present study. Data collected included the mechanism of injury, position and level of play, radiology and surgical findings, and recurrence rate at a minimum of 2 years post-surgery. Results: One hundred and sixty-nine cases adhered to the inclusion criteria, with most cases involving two or more pathologies in the shoulder (54%). Forwards sustained more shoulder injuries than backs, incurring more labral injuries. By contrast, backs had a higher incidence of bony pathology. The mechanism of injury frequently correlated with player positions. There was a 21% injury recurrence rate, with forwards (7%) and higher level academy players (11%) most likely to suffer a recurrence. Conclusions: Shoulder injury patterns in this important group of adolescent contact athletes are complex, with recurrence rates being higher than those in older rugby players.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Shoulder and Elbow
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1758-5732
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: TA Mackenzie
Date Deposited: 03 May 2016 11:06
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2016 08:38

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