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.
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