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Table 8 Summary of descriptive epidemiological studies of injuries conducted in youth rugby union players from England

From: Applied Sport Science for Male Age-Grade Rugby Union in England

StudyStudy lengthSample levelNumber of playersNumber of exposure hoursNumber of injuriesResults
Match injury—greater than 24-h time-loss
 Haseler et al. [120]1 playing season (9 months)U9 to U17 Club2101636 player-match hours39Overall match injury incidence—24/1000 player-match hours
Mean severity—32 days
By injury location: head/neck—26%; upper limb—31%; trunk—10%; lower limb—33%
 Palmer-Green et al. [119]2 playing seasonsU18 elite schoolboy2223843 player-match hours134Overall match injury incidence—35/1000 player-match hours
Mean severity—27 days
By injury location: head/neck—18%; upper limb—24%; trunk—10%; lower limb—47%
2 playing seasonsU18 academy2502343 player-match hours109Overall match injury incidence—47/1000 player-match hours
Mean severity—33 days
By injury location: head/neck—14%; upper limb—28%; trunk—3%; lower limb—55%
 Barden and Stokes [121]3 playing seasonsU18 elite schoolboy132595 player-match hours46Overall match injury incidence—77/1000 player-match hours
Mean severity—20 days
By injury location: head/neck—32%; upper limb—32%; trunk—10%; lower limb—25%
U18 sub-elite schoolboy1698 player-match hours57Overall match injury incidence—34/1000 player-match hours
Mean severity—19 days
By injury location: head/neck—15%; upper limb—26%; trunk—6%; lower limb—53%
Training injury—greater than 24-h time-loss
 Palmer-Green et al. [45]2 playing seasonsU18 elite schoolboy22215,877 player-training hours34Overall training injury incidence—2.1/1000 player-training hours
Mean severity—27 days
By injury location: head/neck—9%; upper limb—15%; trunk—32%; lower limb—44%
2 playing seasonsU18 academy25047,431 player-training hours64Overall training injury incidence—1.4/1000 player-training hours
Mean severity—17 days
By injury location: head/neck—9%; upper limb—13%; trunk—13%; lower limb—65%