Summary of an article looking at insurance claims filed on injuries related to rugby union.
Rugby players aged 5-40 years (New Zealand).
6,335,657 rugby injury claims were filed between 2005 and 2017.
Rugby union – a contact team sport with 15 players, played in 120 countries.
Analysis of insurance claims filed to the ACC (Accident Compensation Corporation) in New Zealand.
Injuries related to rugby union.
- For females: the probability of filing the claim increased from 0.4% (age 5) to 58-64% (ages 22-40). The biggest jumps in probability were between the ages of 12 and 13 (8%), between 13 and 14 (9%), and between 18 and 19 (10%). Female players aged 31-40 had the highest claim rate of 930 injury claims per 1000 players per year.
- For males: the probability of filing the claim increased from 1% (age 5) to pick at 58% (early-mid 20s). The biggest jumps in probability were between the ages of 12 and 13 (7%), and between 16 and 17 (9%). Male players aged 21-30 had the highest claim rate of 832 injury claims per 1000 players per year.
- Injury types:
- soft tissue 76%
- fracture/dislocation 10%
- laceration 6%
- concussion 2%
- dental 2%
- Body regions injured:
- shoulder 14%
- knee 14%
- neck/spine 13%
- wrist/hand 13%
- head/face 12%
- leg 11%
- ankle 10%
- arm/elbow 5%
- trunk 4%
- foot/toe 3%
Take home message
For a clinician
The most common injury type claimed by rugby players was soft tissue injury. The most injured body region was a shoulder, followed by a knee.
For a parent
Soft tissue injuries were the reason for most insurance claims. Shoulder and knee were the most commonly injured body regions.
For an athlete
If you are a rugby player, shoulder and knee regions are at most risk of an injury.
Quarrie K, Gianotti S, Murphy I. Injury risk in New Zealand rugby union: a nationwide study of injury insurance claims from 2005 to 2017. Sports medicine. 2020 Feb 1;50(2):415-28.