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Table 3 Frequency distribution of injuries by the anatomical location, type, phase of play, grade of play, time of match and dangerous play

From: Match injuries in amateur Rugby Union: a prospective cohort study - FICS Biennial Symposium Second Prize Research Award

  N Percent % (95 % CI)
Anatomical location   
 Head/face 23 17.8 (11.2–24.4)
 Neck/cervical spine 6 4.7 (1.0–8.3)
 Sternum/ribs/thorax 6 4.7 (1.0–8.3)
 Abdomen 3 2.3 (0.0–4.9)
 Low back 4 3.1 (0.1–6.1)
 Sacrum/pelvis 1 0.8 (0.0–2.3)
 Shoulder/clavicle 18 14 (8.0–19.9)
 Upper arm 1 0.8 (0.0–2.3)
 Elbow 4 3.1 (0.1–6.1)
 Wrist 1 0.8 (0.0–2.3)
 Hand/fingers/thumb 14 10.9 (5.5–16.2)
 Hip/groin 2 1.6 (0.0–3.7)
 Anterior thigh 2 1.6 (0.0–3.7)
 Posterior thigh 8 6.2 (2.0–10.4)
 Knee 18 14 (8.0–19.9)
 Lower leg/achilles 6 4.7 (1.0–8.3)
 Ankle 10 7.8 (3.1–12.4)
 Other 2 1.6 (0.0–3.7)
Type of injury   
 Ligament/sprain 35 27.1 % (19.5–34.8)
 Hematoma/contusion/bruise 25 19.4 % (12.6–26.2)
 Muscle 18 14 % (8.0–19.9)
 Laceration 10 7.8 % (3.1–12.4)
 Nerve 8 6.2 % (2.0–10.4)
 Meniscus/cartilage/disc 7 5.4 % (1.5–9.3)
 Concussion 6 4.7 % (1.8–3.0)
 Other 6 4.7 % (1.0–8.3)
 Dislocation/subluxation 4 3.1 % (0.1–6.1)
 Tendon 4 3.1 % (0.1–6.1)
 Fracture 3 2.3 % (0.0–4.9)
 Abrasion 2 1.6 % (0.0–3.7)
 Other bone 1 0.8 % (0.0–2.3)
Phase of play   
 Tackling 44 34.6 (26.4–42.9)
 Tackled 43 33.9 (25.6–42.1)
 Ruck 13 10.2 (5.0–15.5)
 Other 13 10.2 (25.6–15.5)
 Collision 9 7.1 (2.6–11.5)
 Maul 3 2.4 (0.0–5.0)
 Scrum 2 1.6 (0.0–42.1)
 Lineout 0 0 (0–0)
Grade of play   
 1st grade 16 12.5 (6.8–18.2)
 2nd grade 25 19.5 (12.7–26.4)
 3rd grade 33 25.8 (18.2–33.4)
 4th grade 29 22.7 (15.4–29.9)
 Colts (under 19-years) 25 19.5 (12.7–26.4)
Time of match   
 1st quarter 22 17.2 (10.7–23.7)
 2nd quarter 39 30.5 (22.5–38.4)
 3rd quarter 31 24.2 (16.8–31.6)
 4th quarter 36 28.1 (20.3–35.9)
Dangerous play   
 No 127 99.2 (97.7–100.7)
 Yes 1 0.8 (0.0–2.3)