Spinal cord injuries have fallen in rugby union players in New South Wales

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7071.1550 (Published 14 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1550
  1. Stephen F Wilson,
  2. Philip A Atkin,
  3. Tai Rotem,
  4. James Lawson
  1. Staff specialist Honorary research associate Research officer Department of Aged Care and Rehabilitation, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards, 2065 Australia
  2. Professor School of Health Services Management, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 2052 Australia

    EDITOR,—In 1995 Noakes and Jakoet stated, “we still do not know the true incidence of spinal cord injury or cervical injury in any rugby playing country.”1 An 11 year retrospective study has determined the incidence among participants of rugby union and rugby league in the state of New South Wales (NSW), Australia.

    The data presented here are based on claims paid by the NSW government sporting injuries insurance scheme.2 This scheme notes the frequency of spinal cord injury with neurological deficit occurring in senior …

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