From Touch Football to Rugby Union

Touch Football is a rapidly growing sport in Melbourne and is played at school, social and elite levels.

Rugby Union is also becoming a popular sport in Melbourne especially with the establishment of the Melbourne Rebels three years ago.

Many players are involved in both sports and are prone to a range of injury types that are associated with the respective codes. Due to the essentially non-contact basis of Touch Football there tends to be few impact-related injuries.

However, due to the high speed, change of direction, running, sprinting and diving components Touch has a wide spectrum of injuries such as;

  • Rotator cuff  injuries of the shoulder from falling over
  • Hand injuries from diving
  • Low back pain and hip injuries from the heavy landing and hard running
  • Adductor or groin strains from changing directions
  • Hamstring and calf strains from sprinting
  • Ankle sprains from rapid side stepping

When players transfer their skills to the Rugby field these injuries can still occur.

The issue with Rugby Union is that there is a range of collision injuries when there is high impact and contact resulting from a combination of tackling, scrums, rucks and mauls. These injuries can include:

  • concussion syndrome
  • neck injuries
  • spinal injuries
  • shoulder dislocations
  • shoulder and knee ligament damage.

When you see the Rugby Professionals there is a reason why they have 'no necks'. Their strong neck and shoulder muscles reduce the risk of serious injuries. 

The staff at the Melbourne Sports Medicine Centre will treat and rehabilitate your injury and assist in a strength, injury prevention and return to activity program. Dan Yee can also offer a breakdown program on the technical aspect of play in either sport, and assist in a functional exercise plan

Treatment and programs can be arranged for the home, gym or field circuits.

This article was prepared by Dan Yee, Sports Physiotherapist.