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Systematic review of rugby injuries in children and adolescents under 21 years

Lookup NU author(s): Graham Kirkwood, Professor Allyson Pollock

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Abstract

© 2015, BMJ Publishing Group. All rights reserved.A systematic review of rugby union and league injuries among players under the age of 21 years was carried out to calculate probabilities of match injury for a player over a season and a pooled estimate of match injury incidence where studies were sufficiently similar. The probability of a player being injured over a season ranged from 6% to 90% for rugby union and 68% to 96% for rugby league. The pooled injury incidence estimate for rugby union was 26.7/1000 player-hours for injuries irrespective of need for medical attention or time-loss and 10.3/1000 player-hours for injuries requiring at least 7 days absence from games; equivalent to a 28.4% and 12.1% risk of being injured over a season. Study heterogeneity contributed to a wide variation in injury incidence. Public injury surveillance and prevention systems have been successful in reducing injury rates in other countries. No such system exists in the UK.


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Author(s): Freitag A, Kirkwood G, Scharer S, Ofori-Asenso R, Pollock AM

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Journal of Sports Medicine

Year: 2015

Volume: 49

Issue: 8

Pages: 511-519

Print publication date: 01/04/2015

Online publication date: 06/01/2015

Acceptance date: 07/12/2014

ISSN (print): 0306-3674

ISSN (electronic): 1473-0480

Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group

URL: https://doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2014-093684

DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2014-093684

PubMed id: 25564004


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