Common rugby league injuries. Recommendations for treatment and preventative measures

Sports Med. 1994 Dec;18(6):438-50. doi: 10.2165/00007256-199418060-00007.


Rugby league is the main professional team sport played in Eastern Australia. It is also very popular at a junior and amateur level. However, injuries are common because of the amount of body contact that occurs and the amount of running that is required to participate in the game. Injuries to the lower limbs account for over 50% of all injuries. The most common specific injuries are ankle lateral ligament tears, knee medial collateral and anterior cruciate ligament tears, groin musculotendinous tears, hamstring and calf muscle tears, and quadriceps muscle contusions. Head injuries are common and consist of varying degrees of concussion as well as lacerations and facial fractures. Serious head injury is rare. Some of the more common upper limb injuries are to the acromioclavicular and glenohumeral joints. Accurate diagnosis of these common injuries using appropriate history, examination and investigations is critical in organising a treatment and rehabilitation plan that will return the player to competition as soon as possible. An understanding of the mechanism of injury is also important in order to develop preventative strategies.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control
  • Athletic Injuries / therapy
  • Australia
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / prevention & control
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / therapy
  • Football / injuries*
  • Humans
  • Leg Injuries / prevention & control
  • Leg Injuries / therapy
  • Muscle, Skeletal / injuries
  • Running / injuries
  • Shoulder Injuries