Bearhug Supports For Rugby Players

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The Importance Of Compression For Rugby

It is seen as one of the toughest sports, and there is a reason why. If you have ever watched a rugby match, you will undoubtedly have seen bruising, teeth (or lack of them!), and a fair bit of bandaging to stem bleeds. These are visually dramatic, but they are not the most common injuries that occur in a game of rugby. The most reported damage to players includes concussion, sprains and strains, dislocated shoulders, slipped discs, and overuse injuries. Nasty right? Enter Bearhug supports to help you be on your A-game.

These are brilliant, really comfortable, stay in place without the need to tape them up. Most importantly using them for Wheelchair Rugby they help me push harder and I don’t have any elbow pain. The recovery is also excellent!

Common Rugby Injuries

Whether you are new to rugby or a seasoned player, you need to keep your joints safe and supported. At Bearhug, we can offer a range of compression sleeves that will keep you safe and secure on the pitch. 

Discover what our range can do for you right here!  

Different Supports for Different Areas

The team at Bearhug is passionate about injury prevention, so here we explain the most common causes of rugby injuries and make sure that you understand why protection on the pitch is important. 

Ankle Support

Ankles are more prone to rolling during rugby, thereby increasing the risk of strains, sprains, and twisting. None of these are good, and all of them will ensure that you can’t play the game for a while!

You will want to make sure that you warm up the ankle muscles before you train, as well as make sure that you do not put too much pressure or force onto them when in the game. Of course, things happen, and it may be unavoidable, especially during a tackle! So, seek to prevent injury to your ankle by using our patented ankle compression support sleeve. This will act as an additional support structure to the ankle while also ensuring that any shock to the area is absorbed.

Calf Support

This is, by far, the most common of all rugby-related injuries, simply due to the position and the pressure that is put on the calf during a game of rugby, not to mention all the running! Any rugby coach will tell you that you need to train the calves to prevent injury, but to help support your calves and prevent an injury, you should look at our calf compression sleeves. These are designed to absorb the shock that comes with a game of rugby and can also prevent shin splints and tendonitis from forming.

Even if you are recovering from an injury to this area and need some support to help you heal, then wearing our support sleeve can increase blood flow to the area, reduce inflammation, and speed up your recovery. Like all of the other items on our site, the calf sleeve also seeks to reduce any post-match swelling, keeping you fit and healthy for the next match.

Hamstring Support

According to the Rugby Union, an injury to the hamstring (or the thigh) is the most common of all injuries that players will get during this game. Injury to the hamstring or the quadriceps is usually caused by an incident during a game, like a tackle, but it can also be due to simply not warming up properly before the match, or even an aggressive scrummage.

Luckily, injuries to this area can be minimised with the advice of your coach relating to warm-ups and by wearing a supportive sleeve, like our thigh compression sleeve.
This will help to keep blood flowing as it needs to, thereby preventing injury, and also offer support whether you are charging down the field or taking a tackle.

Knee Sleeves

Knee injuries make up 30% of all injuries related to sports, and that number only jumps in the field of rugby. In rugby, it makes up nearly 60% of all reported and treated injuries. Of course, a lot of these injuries will occur when someone is being tackled, or even during scrums, due to the pressure put onto the knee by the angle of the torso.

So, while we at Bearhug cannot offer you a helmet for your knee during a rugby match, we can provide you with a compression sleeve. Research has found that when you wear a knee support, like our compression sleeve, you will minimise discomfort as well as boost performance. The last thing you want is weak knees, which can hinder your matches whether you are part of a club or rugby is your hobby.

Wrist and Elbow Sleeves

You go to pass the ball, and a member of the opposing team jumps at your hand and arm to grab it. The end result? You get an increased risk of strains in the wrist and the elbow. Yes, rugby is a sport where running and weaving with success is paramount, but if you have damage to any part of your arm, your throw may be weaker, and you may end up losing your team points as a result.

To prevent wrist strain and elbow strains, as well as prevent swelling and rolling of these joints, our team at Bearhug has a 2-fold option. We have a wrist and an elbow compression sleeve, which will offer support during your match, allowing you to play for longer periods. The wrist compression sleeve will also allow you to tighten your grip when you are running or throwing the ball without leading to inflammation or post-game tenderness in the muscles.

When To Wear Our Supports

Rugby is a physically demanding game, so you will need to apply the supports before any practice match and game. That way, you will prevent inflammation and injury from occurring.

It doesn’t matter if you are injured or not; you need to look into our range of compression sleeves at Bearhug, as we have every body part covered!

I suffered an ACL tear whilst playing rugby 2.5 years ago. A couple of ops later and I felt it was time to give training a go again. It's been a long road to recovery. I saw the bear hug advertised and thought it might be just the ticket. I've used other knee supports before but always found them uncomfortable and rather annoying as they always slipped down and I was constantly pulling them up and repositioning them. However, the bearhug is perfect. It's grips to my compression shorts and I have to make minimal adjustments whilst running around. It has really given me the confidence to run again and join in with the team. Something I've really missed for soo long. Thank you.