Tracking the impact of rugby tackles

How are sports scientists harnessing technology to elevate player performance and safeguard their welfare?

02 May 2024

In the high-impact world of rugby, where bone-crunching tackles are the order of the day, understanding the intricate physics behind these collisions is paramount. Recent research has shed light on this complex aspect of the game, showcasing the pivotal role of technology in unravelling the mysteries of rugby tackles and their impact on player health and performance.

One study, spearheaded by Jan Gerhardus Louwrens, delved into the epidemiology of shoulder injuries among professional South African rugby union players. Shoulder injuries are all too common in rugby, often stemming from the physical demands of tackling, scrummaging, and collisions.

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