Clarifying the structure of repeated serious injuries on female rugby players

Volume 7, Issue 1, February 2022     |     PP. 39-53      |     PDF (1502 K)    |     Pub. Date: February 10, 2022
DOI: 10.54647/cm32766    82 Downloads     3234 Views  


Koh Sasaki, Research center for Health, Physical fitness and Sport/Nagoya University, Nagoya, Aichi 4648601, Japan
Kensuke Iwabuchi, High performance committee, Japanese Rugby Football Union, Minato, Tokyo 1070061, Japan
Ichiro Watanabe, Department of Physical Education/Tokyo City University, Setagaya, Tokyo 158-8557, Japan
Akihiko Nakamura, Department of Pediatric Surgery/Nakamura Hospital, Setagaya, Tokyo 1660015, Japan
Takumi Yamamoto, Department of Physical Education/National Defense Academy, Yokosuka, Kanagawa 2398686, Japan
Keiko Asami, Women rugby committee, Japanese Rugby Football Union, Minato, Tokyo 1070061, Japan
Tetsuya Tsubakiha, Department of Physical Education/Tokyo City University, Setagaya, Tokyo 158-8557, Japan
Mitsuyuki Nakayama, High performance committee, Japanese Rugby Football Union, Minato, Tokyo 1070061, Japan
Haruhiko Sato, Department of Neurosurgery/Seirei Mikatahara General Hospital, Shizuoka 4338558, Japan
Haruko Hirai, Graduete school of comprehensive human sciences/Tsukuba University, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 3058557, Japan
Morihiro Saito, Safety management committee, Japanese Rugby Football Union, Minato, Tokyo 1070061, Japan
Zenko Miyazaki, Faculty of data sciences/Rissho University, Kumagaya, Saitama 3600161, Japan
Takashi Katsuta, High Performance Sport Centre/Japan Sport Council, Minato, Tokyo 1070061, Japan
Ichiro Kono, Graduete school of comprehensive human sciences/Tsukuba University, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 3058557, Japan

The aim of this study was to grasp the injury situation of Japanese female rugby players in 2020-2021 by network analysis with psychological condition under COVID19 (June 1-30, 2021). The number of respondents was 302. 60% reported serious injuries. The parts were ankle, knee, shoulder, head, etc. Symptoms are ligament / bone / muscle damage or concussion. The caused plays were tackle/tackled, running with no physical contact, etc. There were 39 head injuries. Some ones played while continuing long-term treatment such as knees and ankles. Approximate 40 % of players injured once were injured twice again, and approximate 40% of players injured twice were injured a third time. 30% of all respondents had some chronic symptoms. Network analysis revealed a structure with multiple chronic symptoms (head, shoulders, knees, ankles), a structure of multiple parts of injuries in a single play, and a structure in which the same parts were repeatedly injured in a year. Some players suffered concussions after knee injuries. It suggested the possibility that the physical safety management skills to protect the head might be inferior due to insufficient recovery of knee function as a negative injury chain structure.

rugby union, female injury, network structure

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Koh Sasaki, Kensuke Iwabuchi, Ichiro Watanabe, Akihiko Nakamura, Takumi Yamamoto, Keiko Asami, Tetsuya Tsubakiha, Mitsuyuki Nakayama, Haruhiko Sato, Haruko Hirai, Morihiro Saito, Zenko Miyazaki, Takashi Katsuta, Ichiro Kono, Clarifying the structure of repeated serious injuries on female rugby players , SCIREA Journal of Clinical Medicine. Volume 7, Issue 1, February 2022 | PP. 39-53. 10.54647/cm32766


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