BBC Sport - Big hits & running repairs - behind the scenes with the rugby medics
Behind the scenes with a rugby medic
- From the section Rugby Union
Rugby union has always been a tough sport but the advent of professionalism has helped to create fitter, stronger and more powerful athletes.
These players are involved in huge collisions on the pitch - with potentially painful consequences. The issue of concussion has made news in recent weeks, while cuts, bruises and muscle and ligament injuries are all par for the course.
With club medical teams under more pressure than ever, physiotherapist Paris Payne, who looks after the players at Championship side Plymouth Albion, gives BBC Spotlight's Andy Birkett a look behind the scenes at a typical day's work.