Many sports involve contact that can result in significant injury to participants. In addition, by their very nature, the vast majority of sports have inherent injury risks that can result from the most fundamental of movements, e.g., running, sprinting, accelerating, stepping and changing direction, landing, throwing, etc. However, there is evidence within the literature that it may be possible to reduce the incidence of the most common injuries by the systematic targeting of vulnerable areas of the body. This article outlines a prehabilitation model developed as part of the strength and conditioning program in an English professional rugby union club.
Rudi Meir is currently a Senior Lecturer at Southern Cross University and has worked within professional rugby union and rugby league for over 18 years.
Wayne Diesel is currently the Head of Medical Department at Charlton Athletic Football Club.
Ed Archer is the Director of Action Professionals Ltd, a private training provider that is helping to deliver vocational qualifications in school and colleges in the UK.
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