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Research Article

Serious head injury in sport.

Br Med J 1980; 281 doi: (Published 20 September 1980) Cite this as: Br Med J 1980;281:789
  1. K W Lindsay,
  2. G McLatchie,
  3. B Jennett


    Of 1900 head injuries serious enough to be admitted to the neurosurgical unit in Glasgow over a five year period, 52 (2.7%) were due to "sport." Golf, horse-riding, and Association football were the sports most commonly linked with serious head injury. Golfing injuries were all compound depressed fractures, and all these patients made a good recovery; horse-riding produced more severe injuries, three of the eight patients being left with residual disability. Much attention has been directed to preventing repeated minor head injury in boxing, but this study emphasises the need for preventing both the primary head injury and secondary complications associated with other sports.