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Guidelines for community-based injury surveillance in rugby union.

  • Brown, James C1
  • Cross, Matthew2
  • England, Michael3
  • Finch, Caroline F4
  • Fuller, Gordon W5
  • Kemp, Simon P T3
  • Quarrie, Ken6
  • Raftery, Martin7
  • Stokes, Keith8
  • Tucker, Ross7
  • Verhagen, Evert9
  • Fuller, Colin W10
  • 1 Institute of Sport and Exercise Medicine, Division of Orthopaedics, Department of Surgical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, South Africa; IOC Research Centre, South Africa. Electronic address: [email protected] , (South Africa)
  • 2 Premiership Rugby, United Kingdom. , (United Kingdom)
  • 3 Rugby Football Union, United Kingdom. , (United Kingdom)
  • 4 Edith Cowan University, Australia; Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention, Australia. , (Australia)
  • 5 Emergency Medicine Research in Sheffield Group, School and Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. , (United Kingdom)
  • 6 High Performance Unit, New Zealand Rugby, New Zealand. , (New Zealand)
  • 7 World Rugby, Ireland. , (Ireland)
  • 8 Rugby Football Union, United Kingdom; Department for Health, University of Bath, United Kingdom. , (United Kingdom)
  • 9 Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention, Australia; Amsterdam Collaboration for Health and Safety in Sports, Department of Public and Occupational Health, VU University Medical Centre, The Netherlands. , (Australia)
  • 10 Colin Fuller Consultancy, United Kingdom. , (United Kingdom)
Published Article
Journal of science and medicine in sport
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2019
DOI: 10.1016/j.jsams.2019.08.006
PMID: 31445950


The vast majority of rugby union ('rugby') participants are community-based players; however, the majority of injury surveillance studies reported relate to the elite, professional game. A potential reason for this dearth of studies could be the perceived difficulty of using the consensus statement for injury recording at the community level. The aim of this study was to identify areas where the consensus statement could be adapted for easier and more appropriate implementation within the community setting. Round-table discussion. All community-based injury surveillance issues were discussed during a 2-day facilitated round-table meeting, by an 11-person working group consisting of researchers currently active in rugby-related injury surveillance, sports medicine and sports science issues. The outcomes from the meeting were summarised in a draft guidance document that was then subjected to an extensive iterative review prior to producing methodological recommendations. Each aspect of the rugby-specific consensus statement was reviewed to determine whether it was feasible to implement the standards required in the context of non-elite rugby and the resources available within in a community setting. Final recommendations are presented within a community-based injury report form. It is recommended that whenever possible the rugby-specific consensus statement for injury surveillance studies be used: this paper presents an adapted report form that can be used to record injury surveillance information in community rugby if suitable medical support is not available. Copyright © 2019 Sports Medicine Australia. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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