Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:


The unknown risks of youth rugby

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 08 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h26

Rapid Response:

The message about adequate pre-season training should be relayed to universities and their students as well as schools.
My son (2nd row) suffered a mid cervical fracture dislocation in his first term at university after coming back from a gap-year in which he hadn't played or trained. With hindsight, I wondered whether some proper pre-season training to build up his neck muscles might have prevented the injury.
Fortunately, the story had a happy ending for which we will be forever grateful to a fantastic NHS neurosurgeon , anaesthetist and team.

Competing interests: No competing interests

09 January 2015
Hilarie J Williams
doctor and parent
north London