Acute sports injuries

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7034.844b (Published 30 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:844

Way in which sports are played is important factor in injury

  1. Jon Nicholl,
  2. Patricia Coleman
  1. Director Research associate Medical Care Research Unit, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S1 4DA

    EDITOR,—Like Urho M Kujala and colleagues in their study of injuries sustained in six sports commonly played in Finland,1 in a study in England and Wales we found that the risk of an incident that resulted in a non-trivial injury (one that needed treatment or restricted participation in usual activities) was higher in the martial arts than in soccer (table 1).2 Of 13 popular sports played in England and Wales, however, rugby easily carried the greatest risk.

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    Table 1

    Rates of non-trivial injury*/1000 …

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