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Letters Unknown risks of youth rugby

Research on youth rugby injuries in Northern Ireland

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 28 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h435
  1. Pooler Archbold, consultant orthopaedic and trauma surgeon1,
  2. Roger Wilson, consultant orthopaedic and trauma surgeon1,
  3. Richard Nicholas, consultant orthopaedic and trauma surgeon1,
  4. Niall Eames, consultant spinal surgeon1,
  5. Alan Rankin, consultant in sport and exercise medicine2,
  6. Chris Bleakley, lecturer in sports studies3,
  7. Michael Webb, chief medical officer4
  1. 1Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast BT12 6BA, UK
  2. 2Belfast BT2 7BA, UK
  3. 3Ulster University, Newtownabbey, UK
  4. 4Ulster Rugby, Belfast, UK
  1. poolerarchbold{at}

We read Carter’s editorial with much interest.1

In the past year, few subjects in sport have generated as much interest as injuries and concussions in school rugby. This is particularly true for Northern Ireland, where two catastrophic injuries recently occurred.

The current lack of comprehensive, clear, and coherent data from a surveillance study is striking and makes its development …

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