Relationship between training load and injury in professional rugby league players

Gabbett, Tim J. and Jenkins, David G. (2011) Relationship between training load and injury in professional rugby league players. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 14 (3). pp. 204-209. ISSN 1440-2440

Abstract

Objectives: To investigate the relationship between training load and injury in professional rugby league players; Design: Prospective cohort study; Methods: Seventy-nine professional rugby league players (mean ± SD age, 23.3 ± 3.8 years) participated in this four-year study. A periodized field, strength, and power training program was implemented, with training loads progressively increased in the general preparatory phase of the season and reduced during the competitive phase of the season. Training loads and injuries were recorded for each training session. Results: Training load was significantly related (P<0.05) to overall injury (r=0.82), non-contact field injury (r=0.82), and contact field injury (r=0.80) rates. Significant relationships were also observed between the field training load and overall field injury (r=0.68), non-contact field injury (r=0.65), and contact field injury (r=0.63) rates. Strength and power training loads were significantly related to the incidence of strength and power injuries (r=0.63). There was no significant relationship between field training loads and the incidence of strength and power injuries. However, strength and power training loads were significantly (P<0.01) associated with the incidence of contact (r=0.75) and non-contact (r=0.82) field training injuries. Conclusions: These findings suggest that the harder rugby league players train, the more injuries they will sustain, and that high strength and power training loads may contribute indirectly to field injuries. Monitoring of training loads and careful scheduling of field and gymnasium sessions to avoid residual fatigue is warranted to minimize the effect of training-related injuries on professional rugby league players.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
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Date Deposited: 22 May 2017 03:38
Last Modified: 22 May 2017 03:38
Uncontrolled Keywords: correlation; injury incidence; injury prediction; performance; team sport; training monitoring; public health, social medicine and epidemiology; rehabilitation and physical medicine; Diagnosis, function tests and evaluation; rehabilitation and physical rehabilitation of rehabilitation of somatic disorders; musculoskeletal system; orthopedic surgery; experimental orthpedics; biomechanics; orthopedic surgery; injury
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.jsams.2010.12.002
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/32359

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