Table 3

Tackle-related injury frequencies and rates in rugby sevens (all levels of play)

StudyCohortInjury definitionInjury frequencyInjury rate
Fuller et al161International World Sevens Series teamsTime-loss (>1 day)52% (34% tackled, 18% tackling)N/A
Lopez et al46US amateur rugby union sevens teams (including women)Overall and time-loss (>1 day)75% (95% CI 60 to 85)40.4/1000 hours (95% CI 28.6 to 55.6)
Fuller et al44International World Sevens Series teamsTime-loss (>1 day)54% (32% tackled [95% CI 27.1 to 37.6]; 22% tackling [95% CI 17.1 to 26.3])N/A
Fuller et al43International World Sevens Series teamsTime-loss (>1 day)55% (33% tackled, 22% tackling)N/A
Ma et al47US women’s rugby union sevens teams (under-19 to professional)Time -loss (>1 day)72%±8.5% (41% tackled, 31% tackling)N/A
Rizi et al162Hong Kong University rugby teamsTime-loss (>1 day)65% (29% tackled, 29% tackling, 7% tackle collision, ie, no use of arm)N/A
Cruz-Ferreira et al163Tier 1 and tier 2 Portuguese national senior male rugby teamsTime-loss (>1 day)57.1% (38.1% tackled [95% CI 17.6% to 60.0%]; 19% tackling [95% CI 4.8% to 38.1%])N/A
Cruz-Ferreira et al163Tier 1 Portuguese national senior male rugby Sevens teamsTime-loss (>1 day)57.2% (42.9% tackled [95% CI 15.4% to 70.0%]; 14.3% tackling [95% CI 0% to 35.7%])N/A
Cruz-Ferreira et al163Tier 2 Portuguese national senior male rugby Sevens teamsTime-loss (>1 day)57.2% (28.6% tackled [95% CI 0% to 66.7%]; 28.6% tackling [95% CI 0% to 66.7%])N/A
  • N/A, not applicable.