Injuries to the hand in rugby union football

J Hand Surg Br. 1993 Feb;18(1):122-4. doi: 10.1016/0266-7681(93)90210-7.


Hand injuries are a common consequence of playing rugby. A prospective study of all rugby injuries referred to a hand clinic over the course of one season was carried out. 72 patients with such injuries were seen. There were 46 fractures and 26 soft tissue injuries. A substantial number were caused deliberately by opponents. One-third of the injuries were thought to be preventable.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Football / injuries*
  • Fractures, Bone / epidemiology
  • Fractures, Bone / etiology*
  • Hand Injuries / epidemiology
  • Hand Injuries / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Ligaments / injuries*
  • Male
  • Metacarpus / injuries*
  • Prospective Studies