Engaging in team sports like rugby has known benefits including improvements in overall health, enhanced self-esteem and better social connections.
However, there is currently little information on the relationship between playing rugby and how it contributes to lifelong physical activity, health and wellbeing. Rugby injuries have been identified as barriers for future sports and physical activity participation which can lead to sport retirement. Former rugby participants may also experience unique health concerns such as higher prevalence of traumatic brain injury, osteoarthritis, joint pain, and more physical impairments than the general population.
This study therefore aims to find out more about the health, physical activity and quality of life of current and former male and female rugby players from recreational playing standards. The researchers from the University of Bath are inviting anyone who has played rugby from all rugby codes (including wheelchair rugby) to complete an anonymous online survey.