Did you know the history of rubgy goes back at least 100 years? Rugby is one of the most popular sports played around the world. Even if you don’t like playing it, chances are you’ve seen a game in real life or on the tv. 


Rumour says the game was invented by a Victorian schoolboy. This boy was playing football at Rugby school and during a normal game, he decided to pick up the ball and run for the goal, instead of just kicking it. And so the sport of rugby was born!


Nowadays there are two types of rugby – rugby union and rugby league – with different rules, styles and history. Despite their differences, the main aim of the game stays the same. It’s two teams pitted against each other and they must score points by touching the ball over the other’s teams back line or up and through H-shaped posts. Getting the ball around the pitch involves skill and strength – not only can players kick the ball, they can throw it and tackle each team's opponents.


Rugby is a very physical sport and if you play it, you’ll need to be tough, have great stamina and be agile. You’ll also need to be smart about avoiding injury.


Everyone knows that rugby is a high impact sport. In fact, South African University of Pretoria carried out a study on rugby injuries. It found that the injury you’d get from being trampled by an elephant is the same as a hard rugby tackle injury!


Of course, you’ll want to avoid any injuries, but especially rugby bone or ligament problems. You’ll also want to avoid concussion – another common rugby injury.


You get concussion from a blow or damage to your head. If you have concussion, typically you might briefly lose consciousness and have memory loss and confusion. Just like cartoon characters, you might even see ‘stars’ or experience visual disturbances.


Most people who get concussion don’t need serious medical treatment and symptoms will be short-lived – although it is always worth getting checked out by an onsite medical team or doctor. Serious signs to look out for that need immediate medical attention are if someone remains unconscious, has difficulty staying awake, speaking or understanding what people are saying or is bleeding or having a fit.


At Bespoke Injury Management, we want to look after all of your health needs, whether that’s rehab from a serious injury, ironing out niggling strains or strains or keeping you supple and in top shape for your next game, so you maximise your chances of avoiding injury altogether.


So, whether rugby is your game or you’re a different kind of sports player, you’re always welcome to come and see us.


To talk about injury, treatment or to book an appointment, just come in to see Donna Norman from Bespoke Injury Management at Oxford Street Therapy Centre or call01933 224454 or 07814 396872. You can also email:donna@bespokeinjurymanagement.co.uk


By the way, Donna Norman is the on-pitch physio for Rushden and Higham Ferrers Rugby team!

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