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Research article
Short Communication on the Influence of Position on Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury and Reconstruction in Recreational Rugby Football Union Participants
Johnathan Collett , Helen Dawes, Richard P. Craven
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School of Biological and Molecular Sciences, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK

Johnathan Collett
✉ Human Performance Laboratory, School of Biological and Molecular Sciences, Oxford Brookes University, Gipsy Lane Camp us, Headington, Oxford, OX3 0BP, UK.
Email: p0032349@brookes.ac.uk
Publish Date
Received: 15-10-2002
Accepted: 04-12-2002
Published (online): 01-03-2003
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ABSTRACT

The different player positions in rugby union may place varying demands on a reconstructed anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in regards to ‘cutting manoeuvres’, this in turn may effect performance. In order to investigate sporting performance post reconstruction, a questionnaire was sent to amateur rugby clubs affiliated to the Oxfordshire Rugby Football Union (R.F.U). From the returned questionnaires player positions were placed into categories based on similar ‘cutting manoeuvre’ demands. Seventy five percent of Individuals playing in the category 1 (low ‘cutting manoeuvre’ demands at slow running speeds) could play a full game with a damaged ACL and post-reconstruction the majority returned to play at a higher level. Fifty percent of ACL injuries occurred on category 2 (high ‘cutting manoeuvre’ demands at medium running speeds) suggesting they may be more prone to ACL injury than other positions. The majority of individuals playing in category 3 (high ‘cutting manoeuvre’ demands at fast speeds) played at a lower level of rugby post reconstruction. Positional demands may influence ACL injury and post reconstruction sporting performance. However, more research is needed.

Key words: Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, rugby football, player position


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