Letters Unknown risks of youth rugby

Author’s reply to letter by Trewartha and Stokes on available evidence on risk of injury in youth rugby

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1289 (Published 10 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1289
  1. Michael Carter, consultant paediatric neurosurgeon1
  1. 1Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Bristol BS2 8BJ, UK
  1. michael.carter2{at}uhbristol.nhs.uk

The response to my editorial, much of it from parents of children injured playing rugby, has been extensive and illuminating.1 Trewartha and Stokes’s communication deserves special attention because much of it relates to work sponsored by the sports regulatory body in England.2 I agree that injury prevention initiatives and injury surveys have increased over the past couple of years.

Parents and increasingly some authors suggest that injury is more of a problem than is generally accepted. I make no …

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