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Injuries in professional rugby union: what are the risks associated with specific game events and different surface types?

Project Description

The Rugby Football Union and Premiership Rugby are supporting a world-leading programme of work as part of on-going injury surveillance and injury prevention research in professional rugby union in England. The Professional Rugby Injury Surveillance Project started in 2002-3 and is the largest continuous study of injuries in world rugby. The project underpins the continued development of player welfare initiatives in professional rugby union through the Professional Game Action Plan on Player Injuries This research project continues to gather data on match and training injuries in elite rugby union players, but there is an opportunity to specifically focus on:

1) injury risk in specific game events (especially the tackle)
2) injury risk on different surfaces (artificial grass, “hybrid” surfaces, natural grass)

The student will conduct their research under the supervision of Prof Keith Stokes and Dr Sean Williams in collaboration with Dr Simon Kemp, Director of Medical Services at the Rugby Football Union, and Dr Matt Cross, Research and Rugby Development Manager at Premiership Rugby. The student will be based at the University of Bath. Applicants with a background in performance analysis and /or biomechanics are particularly encouraged to apply.

Application Criteria:

Applicants for a studentship must have obtained, as a minimum, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an area appropriate to the skills requirements of the project such as Sports Science or Physiotherapy. A Masters degree is also preferred, in a relevant area such as Sports Science, Sports Medicine, Performance Analysis, Medical Statistics or Public Health.

Anticipated start date: February 2020

Shortlisted Candidates are likely to be interviewed on 9 December 2019

Funding Notes

Jointly funded by the Rugby Football Union, Premiership Rugby and the University of Bath, this studentship will cover Home/EU tuition fees, an annual stipend (£15,009 (19/20 rate) and a training support fee for a period of up to 3 years for full time study.


The Professional Rugby Injury Surveillance Project

Professional Game Action Plan on Player Injuries

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