SPACE at the European Touch Rugby Championships 2018News
July each year brings International Touch tournaments and 2018 has been no exception with SPACE enjoying our 11th year as sponsor and physiotherapy provider for The Scottish Touch National Squads. This year’s tournament saw Stephen and Fiona bussing down to Nottingham for the biannual European Championships, along with SPACE associates and Touch regulars Luke Smith and Lisa Erskine.
The summer heatwave mercifully took a bit of a break and temperatures were not too excessive. Groundskeepers had done a brilliant job of transforming parched brown grass into lush green playing surfaces and, with the exciting addition of the BBC red button, this was a tournament where expectations and audience figures were higher than ever before.
And the Scotland Squads did not disappoint!
All teams played exceptionally well and in particular the women’s senior teams – 27s and 35s – were terribly unlucky not to come away with gold medals. One member of the team did become a TV legend with a superb ‘flossing’ touchdown celebration!
The Mixed Open team kept us on the edge of our seats with an incredibly exciting (and televised!) semi-final and final both of which went to drop off. Thankfully the Scots kept their composure and came away with yet another gold medal showing why they are currently ranked number 2 in the world.
The Men’s Open team were perhaps the most disappointed with their play but are looking positively toward the World Cup next year in Malaysia and there was a touching display of the power of sport from the Men’s 30s team. As a tribute to their teammate Duncan Mackay, who tragically died recently, the team kept his number 5 shirt pitchside at every game, providing inspiration not only to the team but everyone involved. As a result this team joined the Women’s Open and Men’s 45s in winning bronze, bringing Scotland’s medal haul to one gold, one silver and 3 bronze – the best ever Euro’s result from Scottish Touch.
In the physio tent, SPACE was kept busy mainly with over-use and fatigue related injuries from an intense 4 day’s play. Thankfully we saw only two significant injuries which resulted in players having surgery for a broken finger and rupture Achilles’ tendon. For nearly 100 players this was fairly good odds and testament to ongoing commitments to injury prevention through preparation in strength training, evidence based warm ups and effective training sessions which we helped advise on last Winter.
Congratulations to all at Scottish Touch and all the best for prospective international players in the run up to the World Cup. SPACE is always ready to help you prepare for and reach your goals so head our way for the best injury management and advice.