Injury Prevention

Inform national injury prevention strategies

During my doctoral training from 2017 to 2020 I studied cervical spine injury mechanisms in rugby impacts. I combined lab and field based in vivo, in vitro and in silico methods to investigate the mechanisms related to catastrophic cervical spine injuries in rugby tackling and scrummaging. Using these methods I designed and developed a novel framework that provided actionable data to the sport's national governing body through quarterly reports so that board members could base rule and safety decisions off representative data.

Studies related to this work have been published in peer reviewed journals and presented at national and international conferences:

Inform national injury prevention strategies

Collaborating with a local professional rugby team we created a novel instrumented scrum cap design that was used to monitor loading and fatigue on the teams academy players during training bouts. This is crucial information for the coaches not only for athlete conditioning and tapering but also load management to mitigate risk on neck injuries. This work was also presented at the 2019 International Society of Biomechanics Conference in Calgary.