Dr. Kowalsky at Int’l Rugby Tournament

Dr. Kowalsky Team DoctorDr. Marc Kowalsky will be in Alicante, Spain this week as team physician for the Northeast Rugby Academy Men’s U23 team, who will compete in the 33rd Annual Costa Blanca Rugby Sevens Tournament.  The Northeast Academy Men’s U23 team will compete in the Elite division along with teams from Europe, Africa, and South America, including several national Sevens teams.

Sevens games are more fast moving and free flowing than a regular union rugby match.  A union game of 15s rugby, when there are 15 men on the pitch, lasts 80 minutes. Sevens, on the other hand, with 7 players on the pitch, has 7 minute halves, with a 2 minute half-time. In Sevens, players who have been subbed out are allowed to go back into the game.

Dr. Kowalsky has served as medical director for this organization since November, 2018.  Northeast Academy is the official USA Rugby National Development Academy for the identification and development of athletes from the northeast region for participation in the USA Rugby national teams and the USA Olympic rugby teams.  Dr. Kowalsky is also team physician for the USA Rugby national team, the Eagles.

Dr. Marc Kowalsky Headed to International Tournament

ONS Sports Medicine expert, Dr. Marc Kowalsky, will serve as team physician for the USA Rugby National Team Selects at the upcoming 2018 World Rugby Americas Pacific Challenge in Dr. Kowalsky at Rugby CutMontevideo, Uruguay from October 6 – 14.  Dr. Kowalsky has served as team physician for the USA Rugby National Teams since 2013.  “This is a challenging competition that will help the USA team prepare for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan,” he said.

According to the USA Rugby website, the Americas Pacific Challenge was introduced in 2016 to boost the high-performance pathway and to support the Americas Rugby Championship and Pacific Nations Cup as well as November international test window preparation.

The six “A” team tournament includes two teams each from the Pacific Islands, North America and South America.

This year’s tournament sees reigning champions Argentina XV compete alongside Canada A, Samoa A, Tonga A, Uruguay A and USA Selects.

The World Rugby Americas Pacific Challenge will be a first-past-the-post tournament format. It will be played across three competition rounds on October 6, 10 and 14. Teams in Pool A will play all teams in Pool B once, and teams in Pool B will face all teams in Pool A once. The tournament winner will be decided by the total number of competition points accumulated in the three matches played.

Pool A consists of Argentina XV, hosts Uruguay A and Tonga A, while 2017 runners-up USA Selects are in Group B with Samoa A and Canada A.

Agustín Pichot, World Rugby Vice Chairman and Rugby Americas President was quoted saying “With Rugby World Cup 2019 on the horizon, the Americas Pacific Challenge continues to play a key role in supporting player development.”

Dr. Kowalsky’s interest rugby began when he played the sport while at Dartmouth College.  Locally, he is team physician for Iona Rugby Football Club, White Plains Rugby Football Club, and the Greenwich High School Rugby team.

 

 

Youth Rugby Safety Talk

ONS SPORTS MEDICINE SPECIALIST MARC S. KOWALSKY, MD, TO SPEAK ABOUT YOUTH RUGBY SAFETY ON MAY 4 

Dr. Marc Kowalsky will discuss safe participation in youth rugby, the fastest growing sport among young athletes in the United StKowalskyMD_WorldRugbyPacificNationsCupates.

The informative lecture for coaches, players and parents of players presented by the Rye Rugby Club will take place on Wednesday, May 4 beginning at 7 pm at the Rye High School Performing Arts Center at One Parsons Street in Rye New York.

Dr. Kowalsky will draw from his extensive experience caring for rugby players at every level of competition in this discussion of strategies for injury prevention. Topics will include optimal diet and nutrition, as well as strength and conditioning in these athletes.  Dr. Kowalsky will also touch on the value of protective equipment in youth rugby. The critical role of coaching and officiating in maintaining safety of the game will be covered, as will prevention and management of concussion. The importance of collaboration among parents, coaches, trainers, and physicians will be addressed as well.

A former rugby player, Dr. Kowalsky serves as team physician for the USA Rugby National Team, the White Plains Rugby Football Club, Iona College Rugby Football Club, and the CT State Champion Greenwich High School Rugby Team.