Table 3

Tackle—RRs of injury as a function of the sequence and direction of tackle

No of events in group (%)RR
Risk factorGeneral playInjuredRatio (95% CI)p Value
One-on-one
 Ball carrier (all)365360 (57.7)0.77 (0.59 to 0.99)0.041
  Behind†612 (17.0)9 (15.0)0.88 (0.46 to 1.70)0.711
  Front†1128 (31.4)22 (36.7)1.17 (0.77 to 1.78)0.465
  Side†1858 (51.6)29 (48.3)0.94 (0.65 to 1.35)0.726
 Tackler-1 (all)365344 (42.3)0.87 (0.65 to 1.17)0.358
  Behind612 (17.0)7 (15.9)0.94 (0.44 to 1.97)0.857
  Front1128 (31.4)19 (43.2)1.38 (0.88 to 2.17)0.168
  Side1858 (51.6)18 (40.9)0.79 (0.50 to 1.26)0.327
Sequential
 Ball carrier (all)146340 (51.9)1.28 (0.93 to 1.75)0.129
  Behind†118 (8.1)2 (5.0)0.62 (0.15 to 2.49)0.497
  Front†574 (39.5)16 (40.0)1.01 (0.62 to 1.67)0.960
  Side†762 (52.4)22 (55.0)1.05 (0.69 to 1.60)0.826
 Tackler-1 (all)146323 (29.9)1.13 (0.75 to 1.71)0.549
  Behind118 (8.1)3 (13.0)1.61 (0.51 to 5.06)0.418
  Front574 (39.5)9 (39.1)0.99 (0.51 to 1.91)0.976
  Side762 (52.4)11 (47.8)0.91 (0.50 to 1.65)0.764
 Tackler-2 (all)146314 (18.2)0.98 (0.58 to 1.66)0.936
  Behind287 (19.8)2 (14.3)0.72 (0.18 to 2.89)0.646
  Front411 (28.4)4 (28.6)1.01 (0.38 to 2.69)0.992
  Side749 (51.8)8 (57.1)1.10 (0.55 to 2.22)0.779
Simultaneous
 Ball carrier (all)109033 (52.4)1.41 (1.00 to 2.00)0.049
  Behind†101 (9.3)1 (3.0)0.33 (0.05 to 2.33)0.263
  Front†404 (37.3)21 (63.6)1.71 (1.10 to 2.65)0.017
  Side†579 (53.4)11 (33.3)0.62 (0.34 to 1.13)0.121
 Tackler-1 (all)109019 (30.2)1.26 (0.80 to 1.98)0.322
  Behind101 (9.3)1 (5.3)0.56 (0.08 to 4.05)0.569
  Front404 (37.3)9 (47.4)1.27 (0.66 to 2.46)0.478
  Side579 (53.4)9 (47.4)0.89 (0.46 to 1.71)0.719
 Tackler-2 (all)109011 (17.5)1.03 (0.57 to 1.87)0.920
  Behind146 (13.5)2 (18.2)1.35 (0.33 to 5.45)0.674
  Front341 (31.4)3 (27.3)0.87 (0.28 to 2.70)0.810
  Side598 (55.1)6 (54.5)0.99 (0.44 to 2.21)0.976
  • Ball carrier direction of tackle relates to the direction of the tackle by Tackler-1 on the ball carrier.