International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications

IJSRP, Volume 3, Issue 3, March 2013 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]


Assessment of the existing rehabilitation protocol relative to the International standard protocol for knee soft tissue injuries among school level rugby players in the Kandy zone
      Thusharika D. Dissanayaka, S. Arambamoorthy, N. Aravinth, Nuwan T. Atapattu, Aruna S. Bandara, Dinusha L. De Silva, Udani N. Fernando, Sukitha K.Herath, Asela J.B. Rathnayaka, Mark I. John
Abstract: Objective: To assess the existing rehabilitation protocol relative to the international standard protocol for knee soft tissue injuries among school level rugby players in Kandy zone. Design, setting and sample: A retrospective whole population survey was conducted among division A and B, 45 school level male rugby players (Under 17 and 19) who had undergone knee soft tissue injuries in the Kandy zone, Sri Lanka. Measurements: A self-administered questionnaire which contained 21 close ended (Yes/No) questions on acute, rehabilitation and training stages which prepared according to the international standard rehabilitation protocol developed by human kinetics organization. Results: According to the responses obtained from the self-administered questionnaire; 24.4 % followed the rehabilitation stage, 4.4 % followed the training stage and none of the players followed the acute stage of the rehabilitation process. Even though the players were not following all the five components of acute stage accurately, they have followed each component separately, such as protection (75%), rest (57%), ice (37%), compression (60%) and elevation (8%). Approximately 71% of players were engaged in stretching and 62% in endurance training in the rehabilitation stage. However majority of players (77%) got back to their sport before getting proper recovery. The study revealed that 24.44% of knee injured players were props in their teams. 40% of these players have got recurrent injuries in their histories. The study identified that the percentage of availability of sport physician and physiotherapists to be 35.55% and zero respectively. This indicated that the entire rehabilitation process is not being implemented among Kandy zone school level rugby players. Conclusion: In conclusion, the results of this study showed that, the implementation of the rehabilitation protocol in the Kandy zone, Sri Lanka is not up to international standard. Therefore, an internationally standard rehabilitation

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Thusharika D. Dissanayaka, S. Arambamoorthy, N. Aravinth, Nuwan T. Atapattu, Aruna S. Bandara, Dinusha L. De Silva, Udani N. Fernando, Sukitha K.Herath, Asela J.B. Rathnayaka, Mark I. John (2018); Assessment of the existing rehabilitation protocol relative to the International standard protocol for knee soft tissue injuries among school level rugby players in the Kandy zone; Int J Sci Res Publ 3(3) (ISSN: 2250-3153). http://www.ijsrp.org/research-paper-0313.php?rp=P15926
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