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Rugby union should ban contested scrums: Engage, don't ban

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 08 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1391
  1. John J Macfarlane (, consultant in rehabilitation medicine
  1. Hunters Moor Regional Rehabilitation Centre, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4NR

    EDITOR—With reference to Bourke's personal view,1 I caution relying on personal experience rather than systematic study of the risk from contested scrums in rugby. In my six years in rehabilitation medicine, I have encountered six people with spinal cord injuries from playing rugby, one of whom was rugby league, and only one was injured in a …

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