Minimising Injury During Training

Rugby is one of the most physically demanding sports on the planet. Players put their bodies on the line every week for club and country as they attempt to win games and trophies for themselves and their fans.

However, aside from the action on the pitch, rugby players also spend a lot of time training. With that comes the risk of injury and much like playing matches, it is important to try and minimise the risk of injury when rugby training.

So how can coaches and players reduce the risk of injury when rugby training?

  • The first thing to ensure is to have warmed up properly, there is no excuse for starting a training session without having completed a thorough warm-up first. As rugby is often played during the winter months, the weather is cold and warming up the muscles and joints to prevent injury becomes even more important.
  • The playing surface is another consideration. Many of the surfaces that the game is currently played on differ drastically, from soft soggy grass pitches to firm dry artificial pitches. Allowing adequate time to adapt to the surface ahead of playing is vital.
  • Within the game itself there are multiple areas that without correct technique and training the risk of injury sky rockets. The contact area is the main culprit for this and is a topic that divides many, with new laws being introduced with the aim of reducing head injuries correct techniques can only reinforce this. 

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, wearing the right protective and recovery gear can help to prevent and minimise the risk of injury when rugby training and beyond.

Bearhug offer bamboo charcoal supports which are perfect for rugby training.  Thigh, knee and ankle supports will help in providing strong compression support and comfort throughout training sessions and after to help recover from  any niggles. Bearhug supports are especially good for rugby training because the bamboo charcoal is scientifically proven to heat up more than any ordinary support and in turn drives more blood flow to the specific area. 

Wearing high quality protective gear can make all the difference during training and allow players to feel both comfortable and relaxed and to keep any reoccurring niggles at bay.