Table 5

 Injury diagnoses causing the greatest number of days absence for forwards and backs

InjuryTotal days absenceDays absence/ 1000 hours
*Excluding haematomas/contusions.
ACL, Anterior cruciate ligament; MCL, medial collateral ligament.
    Lumbar disc/nerve root injury8407.5
    Dislocation/instability, shoulder4914.4
    Hamstring muscle injury4784.3
    Achilles tendon injury4023.6
    Lateral ankle ligament injury3323.0
    Calf muscle injury*3222.9
    MCL injury2862.5
    Tibia/fibula fracture2632.3
    Knee meniscal/articular cartilage injury2342.1
    Acromioclavicular joint injury2071.8
    Hamstring muscle injury*5026.0
    ACL injury4895.8
    Dislocation/instability, shoulder2963.5
    Adductor muscle injury*2493.0
    Knee meniscal/articular cartilage injury1942.3
    Calf muscle injury*1401.7
    Hip flexor/quadriceps muscle injury*1141.4
    Acromioclavicular joint injury1011.2
    Lumbar disc/nerve root injury821.0
    Stress fracture, foot790.9