publication . Conference object . Contribution for newspaper or weekly magazine . 2015

Spinal muscle activity during different rugby scrum engagement procedures

Dario Cazzola; Benjamin Stone; Timothy Holsgrove; Grant Trewartha; Ezio Preatoni;
  • Published: 01 Jul 2015
  • Country: United Kingdom
Biomechanical studies of rugby union scrummaging have focussed on kinetic and kinematic analyses, whilst muscle activation strategies employed by front row players during scrummaging are still unknown. The aim of this study was to investigate the activity of the sternocleidomastoid, upper trapezius and erector spinae muscles during machine and live scrums. Nine male front-row forwards scrummaged individually against a scrum machine under 'crouch-touch-set' and 'crouch-bind-set' conditions, and against a two-player opposition in a simulated live condition. Results suggest that the pre-bind technique, may effectively prepare the cervical spine by stiffening joints...
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