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Prevention of Spinal Injuries in Rugby

Sinibaldi Kevin S. MS CSCS; Smith, Darla R. PhD
Strength & Conditioning Journal: August 2007
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Spinal injuries in rugby occur as a result of the contact nature of the sport. Although these types of injuries are uncommon, every attempt should be made to reduce or eliminate them altogether. This article describes the mechanisms of rugby spinal injury in an effort to educate coaches and players. A strength and conditioning program is presented, which will address the risk factors linked to serious injury incidence.

Kevin S. Sinibaldi is a Course Leader in the U.S.A. Rugby Coaching Development Program.

Darla R. Smith, is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Texas at El Paso.

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