Letters Unknown risks of youth rugby

Available evidence on risk of injury in youth rugby

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h434 (Published 28 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h434
  1. Grant Trewartha, senior lecturer1,
  2. Keith Stokes, senior lecturer1
  1. 1Department for Health, University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY, UK
  1. g.trewartha{at}bath.ac.uk

We fully support and advocate for the need to quantify risk of injury in youth rugby union to provide the evidence base for injury reduction strategies.1 However, some contemporary evidence is available.

We previously (2006-08) studied injury risk in secondary schools and in professional academies in England (16-18 year olds). Using a 24 hour time loss definition, which includes many “minor” injuries, the incidence …

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