Graceville Sports Physiotherapists Offer Personal, Professional Care For Rugby Injuries 

Rugby injuries can be devastating for players – whether a small strain or a major dislocation. Graceville Physio offers rugby physiotherapy for a wide range of issues. Rehab muscles, tendons and joints to get back on the pitch in no time. 

Anyone that plays rugby knows that they are signing up for a lot of potential pain and some pretty nasty injuries. This is a contact sport at its most intense and even though rugby has been referred to as a “hooligan’s game played by gentlemen”, many will leave the field bloodied and bruised. That is where it helps to have a good relationship with a local sports physiotherapy team who have experience working together with local rugby teams such as the UQ Junior Bullsharks.

Graceville Physio’s team of local and professional sports therapists can help you with the prevention of rugby injuries, treatment of injuries and other services to help you play at your best. With a conveniently located clinic in Graceville it’s easy to get the help you need. Both locations are equipped with a gym and the location at Goodlife Gym also has a heated pool.

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What are some of the most common injuries from rugby seen by sports physiotherapists at Graceville Physio?


Anyone who plays a sport, including tennis, runs the risk of sustaining an injury at some point. However, having the right equipment and constantly working on technique could decrease their chances of getting hurt.

The good news is that injury rates in the sport are decreasing. Figures were down from 36.2 injuries per 1000 hours in 2000 to 29 per 1000 in 2006. The bad news for rugby players is that there isn’t really any part of the body that isn’t at risk in this game. This is an important consideration for rugby injuries compared to other sports. Rugby physiotherapy specialists can deal with any of the following: 

1) Leg injuries
2) Ankle injuries
3) Shoulder and neck injuries
4) Rib injuries
5) Head injuries 

Leg injuries are a regular occurrence due to the fitness and strength needed to play for 80 minutes. They can vary from sprains to muscle tears. In fact, 58% of injuries are sprains and strains, with 52% of those coming from tackles. Ankles can turn and break in a bad tackle. Shoulder and neck injuries are also common from hard-hitting tackles with stingers to the nerves in the neck, dislocations and more. Also, injuries can vary from the least severe cases of muscular strains and sprains right up to muscle separations, dislocations and fractures. It also isn’t uncommon for players to receive a concussion.

Preparing for rugby’s worst injuries and its common ailments

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Preparing for rugby’s worst injuries and its common This can all sound pretty alarming to anyone that is just getting started in rugby, or that might be looking to go pro and play with some more experienced players. This is where Graceville Physio encourage people to come in and take part in a personalised sports assessment. We can test out different areas of the body to determine flexibility, range of motion, special skills and any weaknesses in muscles, posture, tendons or other issues. This list of strengths and weaknesses lets us come up with a custom plan that may help you avoid injuries in the future. This preventative plan also allows for specific exercises, training aids and advice on techniques. Unfortunately, this approach isn’t going to save every single player we meet from an injury. So, what happens if you do experience one of the injuries mentioned above.


Treating rugby union injuries with sports physiotherapy 


Sports injury treatments at Graceville Physio will depend on the severity of the problem and the prognosis. First, you will come back in for another detailed assessment to see the extent of the injury and the cause. From there we can work on a treatment plan that could include a range of treatment options. These options include the following: 

1) Massage therapy for strains in the muscles or tendons.
2) Exercise therapy to improve the motion in a damaged limb.
3) Dry needling to help relax and heal muscles
4) Joint manipulation for improved motion and alignment
5) Heat, cooling or electrotherapy 

Once you are ready to get back out and start training again, we will still have your back with additional help and advice. This can include new exercises to help prevent similar injuries in the future, new training equipment and taping techniques to let the muscles heal. 

Of course, some of those rugby injuries mentioned above are too severe for sports physiotherapy alone. Some dislocations, muscle separations and fractures will require surgical intervention and other specialist help. Graceville works with leading surgeons and physicians for referrals and post-surgery care. 

Tight ITBs?

Many rugby players come and see us with very tight Iliotibial bands (ITB). ITB is the muscle that runs on the outside of your thigh. This muscle helps stabilise your leg when your running.  For some individuals tightness through this muscle can also effect there knee joint from functioning normally. Common causes for this, are an increase in training load, poor flexibility with surrounding muscles (Quadriceps, hamstrings, Hip flexors), weakness in some glut muscles and poor running biomechanics.

Some methods to help release this are foam rolling/ trigger pointing surrounding muscles, strengthening surrounding muscles, RICE and stretching. Your local physiotherapist will help identify the contributing factor to this tightness and will help address what will work best for you.


Graceville Physio can treat all kinds of rugby injuries in a professional manner 


The main thing to remember here is that Graceville’s expert team can work with you for a personalised approach no matter the situation or injury. It could be small sprains from rugby injuries in schools, tears and dislocations from adult rugby league injuries or rehab after surgery. Whatever the issues, you will receive the best possible care and support from a team affiliated with the Australian Physiotherapy Association. There is also mobile support available where staff could come to you. This might be ideal for all those struggling with multiple injuries or an additional concussion. 


Contact Graceville Physio to learn more about rugby physio 


If you think that our team may be able to provide the support that you need for your rugby injuries, get in touch. The sooner that you book that sports screening or your first appointment, the sooner you will be performing to your full potential.

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