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RFU Podcast - injury audit puts players first

22 January 2010

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  • We hear about English rugby’s drive to improve player welfare

Wasps and England fly half Danny Cipriani is helped from the pitch during a Guinness Premiership match

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English rugby is at the forefront of monitoring injuries to improve player welfare.

That's the message from the RFU's Head of Sports Medicine Dr Simon Kemp on this week's podcast.

We hear how following the sixth England Rugby Injury & Training Audit, the RFU and Premier Rugby will target a reduction in knee ligament and hamstring injuries.

Kemp said: "This audit is pivotal in both providing the baseline data needed to assess trends in injury and in guiding further investigation into injuries that are common, severe or increasing in incidence."

Phil Winstanley, Rugby Director at Premier Rugby, and Damian Hopley, Chief Executive of the Rugby Players' Association, also give us their views on the world's largest continuous injury study in professional rugby union.

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Also this week:

  • James Gaskell and Christian Wade tell us about life with England Under 20s and England Sevens
  • Ben Foden ahead of Northampton Saints' Heineken Cup game against Munster