Osteopathy for Rugby Injuries – Clapham Junction Osteopath

Osteopathy for Rugby Injuries

The Rugby Osteopath: Staying in the Game & Out of the Stands


rugby injuries

We have seen some incredible displays of human athleticism, combining strength, speed and intuition in the rugby season so far. Unfortunately, it is also the time of year that rugby players, both professional and amateur, start trickling in to the clinic with various injuries that are associated with this high impact, high intensity sport.

The five most common injuries as identified by the RFU are:

5. Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Injury

What is it? The MCL is the ligament on the inside of the knee, which stabilises the knee during locomotion. Injury occurs when the fibres of the ligament are torn or ruptured.

Why injury occurs? MCL injury is most often a result of being tackled or sudden changes in direction. Heavy impact while the foot is planted pushes the medial (inside) knee joint apart, while direction changes cause torsion through the knee and stress the ligament. For these reasons back position players are most often affected.

4. Calf Muscle injury

What is it? Most commonly a tear of the Gastrocnemius or Soleus muscles, often at the point where these muscles blend with the Achilles tendon (2-4 inches above the heal).

Why injury occurs? Numerous factors can lead to calf injury ranging from insufficient training to poor arch mechanics and simply having short, tight calves.

3. Thigh Haematoma

What is it? Haematomas are severe bruises resulting from local blood vessel damage, caused by direct blow/trauma to the affected area.

Why injury occurs? A result of high impact collisions. In a sport with such physicality the injuries are unavoidable/bound to happen.

2. Hamstring muscle injury

What is it? A strain or tear of the biceps femoris, semitendinosus or semimembranosus (the hamstring muscles).

Why injury occurs? Similar to the Calf, hamstring injury can result from many things ranging from inadequate training, to poor arch mechanics, limited recovery time between matches and simply having short, tight hamstrings.

1. Concussion

What is it? A sudden, short-lived loss of mental function. It is the most common and least serious type of brain injury

Why injury occurs? Resulting from a blow or other injury to the head. A consequence of the physical nature of rugby.

Long Term Injuries

The above are the most common injuries, however, the following injuries keep players off the pitch for longer periods:

 * Shoulder dislocation – a result of heavy impact that is often reoccurring due to weakening of the surrounding ligaments.

Lumbar disc and nerve root damage – a result of spinal compression

that affects players in forward positions.

Tibio/fibula fracture – most likely caused by a tackle at high speed.

– Knee ligament injuries (ACL, PCL, LCL) – due to the torsional forces that are forced through the knee when turning in studs, damage due to scrimmaging and being tackled.


Unfortunately, there is not much we can do about concussion. However, a combination of hands on treatment with rehabilitation often works successfully with acute injuries as well as chronic injuries that are part of complex postural patterns that build up over a period of time. We look to address the underlying causes of injuries, decreasing your chances of future injury.

Please contact us on 0207 206 2625

or email info@ltosteo.co.uk to book a consultation.

We can give you advice specific to your injury and address any concerns you may have.

NOTE: The information provided here is intended as a guideline, not specific to the individual.

PLEASE CLICK HERE for the full RFU Report.

Tali Rayner M.Ost

Tali Rayner graduated from the British School of Osteopathy obtaining a Masters Degree in Osteopathy. Since graduating she has also completed training in Acupuncture and Medical dry needling lead by Dr Anthony Campbell.

She is registered with the General Osteopathic Council as well as the British Osteopathic Association. She has worked in a number of clinical settings including working with a professional rugby and football team.

Tali is structural in her approach to osteopathic assessments and uses a variety of treatment techniques including medical dry needling in conjunction with osteopathic techniques.

As part of your assessment Tali will assess work related ergonomic issuesor sport related training techniques, which may be contributing and maintaining  injuries and pain. Tali will prescribe exercises as part of your rehabilitation and stabilisation of an injury or longer term postural complaint.


Appointment Times (at Fybre Fitness): Wednesday 5-9pm and Friday 7-11am




Before I saw Tali, I suffered chronic and consistent sciatic pain. Her specialist treatment immediately alleviated the worst symptoms and quickly enabled me to return to the fully active lifestyle I had missed. Friendly and highly skilled, Tali takes the time to put her patients at ease and discuss their needs. She also directs you to everyday exercises and lifestyle changes that strengthen the body against future injury. Thank you Tali.

– V. George

For the first time in the last 6 years I am beginning to walk without pain and without the anticipation of pain when I come to stairs or other more challenging activities . . . . I would highly recommend Tali to anyone considering osteopathy.

– A. Sharman


For an appointment or further questions please call 020 7206 2625 or email info@ltosteo.co.uk