Cuts and lacerations - Rugby Injuries

Cuts and lacerations are common in contact sports.

Treating cuts

Most superficial cuts heal quickly; they may need to be cleaned with antiseptic creams or lotions and then covered with a plaster to avoid infection. More serious cuts will usually be stitched or glued; in rugby cuts can take a while to heal as they may constantly be re-opened due to the nature of the game; bandaging may help to prevent further injury.


Bruises are extremely common in rugby due to the contact with other players and frequent contact with the hard ground. Bruising is caused by bleeding underneath the skin and usually appears some time after an incident.

Treating bruises

Bruises usually heal quickly with no treatment; however, ice and heat therapy may help to speed up recovery.

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