It’s a wrap for the TOUCH WORLD CUP 2019!!!News
This was an extraordinary event: let no-one think otherwise. A competition with a schedule 50% longer than the 4 day European Championships challenged teams in resource management, the usual array of musculo-skeketal injury peculiar to touch rugby as well as standard sport, but add the environmental heat stress of Asia in early May.
Thankfully, the organisation of the competition was generally very good, and the medical tent well staffed with sports physicians present roaming the fields. This excellent and enthusiastic local medical service, both at the ground and hospital found itself stretched by the number and frequency of admissions with a mix of symptoms and signs found by many of the 29 teams competing in the Touch World Cup 2019.
Scotland, sponsored by SPACECLINICS, was far from immune from the challenging environment with the Heat Stress Index of temperature and humidity reaching 52°. The 3 physios on the team were stretched following each game carrying out multiple primary surveys, offering expertise in cooling and hydration strategies, and managing 4 teams of keen touch enthusiasts with their dreams of representing Scotland in a World Cup tournament. Those whom had worked on fitness, gym and rehab programmes benefited from their hard work in advance of the event.
By the finals’ completion, Scotland had competed for a total of 9720 player minutes with a loss of player time due to a mix of local trauma, concussion and overuse injury. Yet multiple players made returns after short periods of unloading to play vital roles in the tournament when they may have feared their competitions were over. In addition to heat stress, we managed dislocations, subluxations, concussions, contusions, rib injuries, soft tissue lesions and ligamentous sprains – but only a couple of players were unable to be available on the final day for selection across the squads.