Injury Report – Round 7 from @nrlphysio

The injuries have certainly been mounting of late and there’s arguably no more opportunistic time to have our resident injury expert @nrlphysio provide us with the latest news.

NRL Injury Update Rd 7

Andrew Fifita

Andrew Fifita will be unavailable for selection this week as he recovers from bone bruising in his knee. Still expected to return sometime in the next 2-4 weeks. Fifita’s scans showed he has no PCL in his left knee, which explains why his knee gave way when changing direction. It also can explain why the initial thoughts of the medical staff was an ACL injury, as his knee joint was unstable. He will have to undergo a strengthening program due to the instability caused by an absent/torn PCL. Either Fifita had an old PCL injury (many players can play on without a PCL) or he tore his PCL during last week’s game. If Fifita has indeed been playing without a PCL for a while the 2-4 week estimate is where most return for mild bone bruising. If he actually tore his PCL in that game + bone bruising, more likely 4-8 weeks.

Matt Gillett

Well reported that Matt Gillett visited a specialist last & it was discovered he has 3 fractures in the C5 vertebrae in his neck. Estimates of 8-12 weeks on the sideline. Many different types of vertebral fracture, good news majority heal well with no surgery, no long term issues. Gillett suffered his initial neck injury in Rd1 at the end of the game vs Dragons. His chin appeared to get forced to chest (hyperflexion/crusher). He left the field 1 minute after that tackle, and missed a training session the following week with neck soreness. Factors that influence recovery time from cervical (neck) fracture include:

– severity of the fracture

– which of the cervical vertebrae are fractured

– which part of the vertebrae is fractured – is there nerve/spinal cord injury (luckily this doesn’t appear to be the case).

Despite concern that comes with neck fractures, signs for Matt Gillett are positive. He doesn’t require surgery, no nerve/spinal cord injury, no collar required to stabilise fractures/help with healing, and is able to continue training over next 2 months with no contact. Indicates fractures are likely minor & stable, great news for recovery.

Paul Gallen

Confirmation of a grade 2 MCL sprain for Paul Gallen. Has been estimated a 4-6 week recovery, which is where most fall in the NRL. Have seen some cases return in 3 weeks (Sam Burgess RLWC 2017), rehab would have to go perfectly.

Nathan Brown

Nathan Brown is said to be out for 1 more week (return Rd 8) with an ankle injury (likely high ankle/syndesmosis sprain). Most grade 1 high ankle sprains fall in the 1-4 week recovery range.

Cameron Murray

Confirmed hamstring injury for Cameron Murray, missed last week’s game. Still no word on severity just yet from the Rabbitohs. A reminder even minor hamstring strains usually require 2-4 weeks to recover from.

Wade Graham

Wade Graham will miss the next 2-4 weeks with a hamstring strain. Likely grade 1 hamstring injury with that recovery timeframe.

Josh Mansour

Josh Mansour will undergo surgery for his fractured cheekbone once the swelling settles. He is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, but surgery often speeds up recovery. Josh Dugan missed 3 games in 2017 after surgery for same injury.

Jai Arrow/Luke Lewis

Arrow suffered a corked back/Lewis a corked thigh on the weekend. Likely too early in the week to tell for certain if they will play, as corks are about seeing how it progresses during the week. Nikorima recently a perfect example. Word around is Arrow is expected to play though, Lewis may need a week off.

Sio Siua Taukeiaho

In some positive injury news, Sio Siua Taukeiaho will not require surgery on the cartilage injury in his knee. Will undergo rehab and should only require 1-2 weeks recovery.

Nathan Cleary

Nathan Cleary is due to start running next week in his rehab from a grade 3 MCL injury. Is aiming for a return in Round 10-11, if rehab continues to go well that is very achievable. Have had some Q’s about goal kicking when he returns; the general rule is if he is fit to play kicking shouldn’t be an issue. Wouldn’t be surprised if Maloney just kept kicking though, such a capable replacement + take some pressure off Cleary returning.

Solomone Kata

Solomone Kata is expected to miss up to a month with an ankle injury sustained on the weekend. Grade 1 high ankle sprains usually require 1-4 weeks recovery time.

Gerard Beale

Gerard Beale is hoping to return for the @NZWarriors in 3 weeks time. Would be a 6 month return to play for him after suffering a fractured tibia and fibula (lower leg) in the RLWC late last year. Really tough rehab, will be good to see him back.

Nathan Peats/Matt Lodge

Peats + Lodge reportedly suffered rib cartilage injuries on the weekend and could not return to their games. Injury like this is mostly a pain management issue. Could cost them a week or two , but most go fine with a pain killing injection/padding.

Jackson Hastings

Hastings suffered an achilles injury in the loss to the Gold Coast Titans and was ruled out of #NRLManlyTigers.

Leivaha Pulu

Suffered what appeared to be a high grade syndesmosis (high ankle) sprain on the weekend with potential fractures. Injury is still being assessed, likely long layoff upcoming.

Morgan Boyle

Morgan Boyle has been playing with a shoulder that requires reconstructive surgery. He dislocated his shoulder 4 weeks before Rd1, but opted to delay surgery til the end of the season. Went through a strengthening program, and hasn’t missed an NRL game yet. Super effort.

Dale Finucane

Dale Finucane is targeting a return in Round 9 for @storm as he recovers from a broken thumb.

Waqa Blake

Unfortunately Waqa Blake does require surgery to repair his syndesmosis (high ankle) injury he suffered in Round 5. Will miss 8-10 weeks for @PenrithPanthers Wish him the best with surgery and recovery.

If you have Foxtel, check out Andrew Voss’s show “The Fan” Tuesday’s at 7.30pm. I will be making an appearance every couple of weeks to talk through some common injuries that occur in the NRL. As always if you have any questions, throw a comment down below or hit me up on Twitter @nrlphysio or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nrlphysio/

The opinions given by the author of this article are given by a qualified physiotherapist, HOWEVER they are based on the information available to the author at the time of publication; are general; and are not based on any formal physical assessment and/or diagnosis by the author. If you believe you may be suffering from an injury similar to one commented on by the author, do not rely on the author’s advice as it may not apply to you – see a qualified physiotherapist for a full assessment, diagnosis and treatment plan.

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@NRLPhysio is a new contributor to the site and in his real life is a physio working in a private practice dealing with musculoskeletal and sports injuries. Adding to this is his love for rugby league, so no one is better placed to provide you with a weekly injury report!

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At this rate I’ll hold Mansour as he is awesomesauce and I can’t picture my team without him

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Jackson Hastings – bruise on chin from clash with teammate – est time out – rest of career.

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holmes12

Thanks for this informative write-up covering lots of relevant players, it’s very useful. I don’t know what anyone else thinks of this, but personally I have been thinking that this will be my last year of watching NRL (and playing SC), because I can no longer really enjoy the game due to the number of injuries it causes people. It used to be that occasionally a player got injured, and that was unfortunate, but for the past few years now the weekly injury list has started getting to ridiculous lengths all season long. I remember a sports scientist a few… Read more »

pryose
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You’d best not watch any sports mate- someone could get hurt, actually best to stop watching TV altogether

holmes12
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holmes12

Well, I think that’s a pretty silly comment. Obviously I’m talking about the frequency and probability of injury, not the possibility of any injury at all.

pryose
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pryose

A pretty silly comment to a pretty silly thread

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perrin_07

people want bigger and faster athletes. thats evolution. Some people are just naturally born larger, like alot of the islanders. Been over there a few times and they are either huge broad shouldered fellas or slim ripped to shreds.

holmes12
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I agree, that’s evolution. But if due to that, the number of injuries reaches unacceptable levels then they should change the rules of the game to try and find ways to reduce them again.

Moeda
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Moeda

This is pretty ridiculous to be fair… if you’re going to stop watching the sport because the list included in this Blog post has grown over the past few years then you weren’t really a fan of the code. NRL has a number of serious issues affecting grassroots participation and attendance at games that they need to address though softening the sport isn’t one of them. Yes, there’s a greater emphasis on fitness and physique now than ever though it’s a professional sport and this is the demands of the code.
I just really don’t think contact sports are for you…

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Pretty silly to say I’m not really a fan of the sport because I’m concerned about the safety of its players, IMO. There are many contact sports out there, and they don’t get the same number of injuries, so again, pretty shallow to try and lump them all in together and recommend I avoid them all. Perhaps that grassroots participation is already falling off because of injury risk? U.S. football participation rates have been dropping in recent years, I’ve read, because parents don’t want their kids playing it as much as before due to awareness of injury.

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Moeda

League is a physical sport, it always has been, what’s changed is the ability and physiques of players – injuries will always be apart of that so yes, you can’t really be a fan if a a couple of MCL and corked thighs turns you off the whole code. US football rates are dropping mostly because of concussion, now this is a big issue which i think the NRL has been tackling in a rather proactive manner. They may not have it right though they’re trying new techniques to ensure the welfare of the players are looked after. Mate, not… Read more »

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holmes12

Thanks, fair response. I only wanted to put the thought out there.

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Whilst injuries to players does not and will not stop me from following nrl (or other contact sports), i do think it is an issue at non-professional and junior levels. At a professional level however i think they are well compensated for their risk of injury (though i think more should be done for compensating players who suffer career ending injuries). Im not sure what the nrl could even do about reducing injury risk but. Some commentators are calling for reduced interchange to increase fatigue meaning players will need to play with less weight, although others argue that fatigue will… Read more »

holmes12
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Thanks for your good reasoned response. Yes I have heard both those views before re the two sides of fatigue.

I agree that career ending injuries should have good compensation – is there an automatic insurance that covers this for players? I don’t think players on base level NRL salaries are being that well compensated for the risk they now face.

What do you think about lowering the number of players on the field reducing the risk of injury, instead of adjusting the interchange?

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Probably better off locking yourself in your house and getting Coles or Woollies to home deliver for you. Ihave had more operations due to work related accidents than I have for sport related injuries.

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Seems like some people on here who don’t like hearing things they don’t want to hear are wanting to do personal attacks in response, using childish levels of logic. Coles and Woolies home deliveries – overreaction much? Re your personal account of injuries, unless you were playing NRL, it’s not really relevant because you are encountering a different level of sport and possibly a different sport altogether. Also it’s only a sample size of one which is too small to support an argument, unlike the large sample size of the NRL player pool.

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Love your work mate…copy and paste your tweets when I can

BT
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BT

Thanks for the article. Is the Murray injury the same as he did in pre-season and put him in doubt for round 1?

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