The Rugby World Cup 2023 is happening now, and fans and athletes are really into it. They’re watching great skill and teamwork. But what we don’t see is how tough sports can be on the body, especially the muscles and joints. A new study in the BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine journal tells us more about this. It focuses on the health issues that retired rugby players often have. Even though the study mainly looks at men, it asks questions that matter to all athletes, no matter their level.

Key Findings

The study found that retired elite male rugby players had a higher prevalence rate of several health conditions compared to control groups. These conditions include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Mild cognitive disorders
  • Depression
  • Hazardous alcohol use

It discusses the prevalence of these issues, the impact on performance, and the importance of early diagnosis and treatment. The research also emphasises the role of healthcare providers in managing these conditions effectively to ensure athletes can perform at their best.

How We Can Help

At Tuggeranong Chiropractic Centre, some of our team are passionate about sports medicine. They have worked at sports events and with athletes in clinic. This helps us understand the problems retired athletes often face. We offer different treatments. These may include back adjustments, massages, and exercise plans but also include important aspects like a thorough diagnosis and tailored advice. We also work with other experts to give you the best care. Our X-ray machine is also here to help us find out what may be occuring, such as osteoarthritis. We also have regular Pilates and Yoga classes which may help.

As stated above we know retired rugby athletes may have other health problems too such as memory issues, feeling down, or drinking too much. If we notice these, we’ll tell you to see your regular doctor or other experts.


If you’re an athlete, retired or active, the recent research on health conditions among retired elite rugby players serves as a crucial reminder of the importance of proactive healthcare and being aware of current research to acknowledge potential health conditions in certain populations. At Tuggeranong Chiropractic Centre, we are committed to providing evidence-based, multidisciplinary care to manage muscle and joint problems for athletes, weekend warriors and everyone of all ages and sporting skill levels.

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Reference: Le Roux J, Anema F, Janse van Rensburg DC, Kerkhoffs G, Gouttebarge V. Health conditions among retired elite rugby players: a scoping review. BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine. 2023;9(3):e001573. Original URL

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