Researchers Warn High Training Loads Increase Field Injuries
New research in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport examined training loads and injury rates in professional rugby league players. Researchers studied 79 professional rugby league players over a lengthy 4 year study period. Subjects participated in a periodized strength and power training program. Researchers examined strength and conditioning programs, training loads, and any injuries that were associated with training or field time.
Results of the study strongly indicated that training loads were significantly related to overall injury, non contact field injury, and contact field injury rates. Researchers found that power training loads were significantly related to strength and power injuries. Strength and power training loads were also notably associated with field training injuries.