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NRL To Launch Injury Investigation

By Staff Writer    |    NRL, Rugby League   |   Aug 9, 2011 09:46 AM

The NRL is set to launch an investigation into the number of pectoral muscle injuries that have seen some of the game’s elite miss large chunks of football this season.

In last weekend’s round of matches, two players, Manly’s Jason King and Canberra’s Glenn Buttriss suffered pectoral muscle injuries that have ruled them out for the season.

Manly co-captain King will now miss the remainder of the season after becoming the eleventh player to tear a pectoral muscle this season.

“It’s a tough game and I play up front where injuries can always be just around the corner,” King said.

Buttriss’ injury has seen the Raiders move to recall former hooker Travis Waddell from the New South Wales Cup. Waddell was released by the Raiders, however with a host of players out, Canberra have applied for an exemption from the rule that does not allow players to hold dual registration.

Others who have missed chunks of football this year through the same injury include Newcastle’s Jarrod Mullen, Canberra’s David Shillington, Penrith’s Timana Tahu and South Sydney pair Roy Asotasi and Scott Geddes and others.

All in all there have been 11 players go down this season with torn pectoral muscles, which is a massive increase on previous years.

The spate of injuries has led the NRL’s Chief medical officer, Ron Muratore to launch an investigation into the rise in instances of pectoral injuries.

“It’s obviously a concern but I can’t tell you why because there are lots of different things that can cause it,” Muratore said.

“In the past it has been much more common in powerlifters and wrestlers and there’s a lot more blokes wrestling these days. And these blokes are doing lots of weights as well.

“I need to know their training schedule and their diet to see if there is some sort of pattern. It’s important that we look at it.”

Muratore will be on a committee that will investigate the rise in injuries alongside Roosters CEO Brian Canavan as well as Titans strength and conditioning coach Chris McLellan.

Canavan said that the committee would table their findings to the NRL and the clubs by the end of the season.

“We’ve got to work out what is working for some clubs and what is not. Injuries are fashionable and they come in and out but this is a trend that we need to address,” Canavan said.

“Our strength and conditioning panel will engage all of the clubs in the discussion because we’ve got to protect our athletes.

“You can be reactive and react to something that has got a ten per cent increase but we’re going a little beyond that now and clubs would rely on the governing body to come up with some research recommendations.”

Many have pointed the wrestling tactics employed by NRL teams (designed to slow down the play the ball) as reason why there are so many pectoral muscle injuries, however the team often labelled as serial wrestlers, the Melbourne Storm, have not had a player go down with a similar injury so far this season.

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