Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington thinks Rugby League needs to work together to discover why so many injuries are occurring and find ways of preventing them
At last Friday’s game at Huddersfield the Rhinos had 10 players unavailable, now Hetherington says to prevent a Super League injury crisis research has to be done to why this is happening.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Post he told them
“We have suffered more than at any other time in recent history and it appears to be the same at other clubs,”
“The incidence of injuries appears to be on the rise and with the advances in medical care you have to ask why is that happening?”
“We have created a competition which has got great intensity and that in itself is resulting in more players getting injured and players playing injured and not being able to prepare for games properly.
“Also, what we have done with the salary cap and money coming into the game centrally – from television and commercial deals – is create an equality across the league.
“That creates pressure, as does the cut off after 23 rounds and introducing promotion and relegation”
“Reducing the number of teams in the play-offs creates pressure”
“Every game and result is crucial and that has created unintended consequences, which is more pressure on players and coaches.”
“You really need a 10-day turnaround for teams to be well recovered and well prepared for the next game,”
“In an ideal world you would play once every two weeks, but that is not practical.