After the knees, the shoulder is the most commonly injured joint in rugby. 20% of rugby injuries are to the shoulder, and 35% of those injuries are recurrent. So how do you strap your shoulders before rugby games? Pat Dale explains.
RUGBY SHOULDER PREPARATION
At some point in your rugby career, you’re going to wind up with a shoulder injury. This series will help you understand the injury, what it means for your future career, how to prevent them and steps to take to avoid them altogether.
WHAT WE COVER
What do you (rugby players!) need to know about shoulder training? It’s the most complex joint in the body and so many things can go wrong, it’s critical to understand shoulder stability and strength if you’re going to train effectively to prevent shoulder injuries this rugby season.
If you’re going to break your collarbone playing rugby, you might as well break it twice! Here’s how Jade McGrath suffered through a twice broken collarbone and still fronted up for classes on Monday #studentathlete.
Jeremy Bond’s separated shoulder and torn rotator cuff, at the hands of a huge inside center named ‘Cheese’. “… someone tackle Cheese like a man!”
Jessica Isaacs’ initial diagnosis didn’t reveal her fractured left scapula but after a few weeks of intense pain they finally caught it on the MRI!
They took X-rays and told me that I separated my shoulder and tore all the ligaments connecting my AC joint. I went through the rest of the summer in slight pain and received a cortisone shot before I was headed off to college.
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