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Rugby union should ban contested scrums: Reality check is needed

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 08 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1391
  1. Malcolm Cameron (, consultant surgeon
  1. Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge CB1 2QQ

    EDITOR—I write with reference to Bourke's personal view.1 There is no doubt that paraplegia is absolutely devastating. However, let's get things in proportion—based on Bourke's numbers, the risk of contracting a spinal injury is tiny. Bourke states he attends 25 home matches per season and has done so for 30 years; that makes 750 matches. I assume there are roughly the …

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