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Rugby hamstring injuries under spotlight in new research

Hamstring problems among sports men and women are very common but now new research from the University could help prevent top rugby union stars picking up the injury.

The study, involving elite English Premiership clubs and the senior England team, aims to identify how clubs currently treat and prevent hamstring injuries among their players - and to suggest new methods of preparing players in the future to minimise the chances of picking up hamstring problems.

Sadie Jones, a lecturer and PhD researcher at the University's Centre for Sports Studies, is carrying out the research in conjunction with top clubs such as Gloucester, Saracens and Wasps as well as the Rugby Football Union (RFU), the sport’s governing body.

'Little detail is known about current practice in the prevention and treatment of hamstring injuries in elite English rugby union and there does not appear to be consensus as to what constitutes best practice,' she said.

'I'll be working with all the Premiership Rugby Union clubs to gather data on the management of hamstring injuries but it is already clear that they represent a major concern.

'The research will involved talking to doctors, physiotherapists and strength and conditioning specialists to build the first-ever comprehensive audit of current treatment and prevention practice. From this audit, I will aim to provide suggestions for a best practice approach to prevention.'


Story published at 10:02am 4 May 2011

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