Even players at the highest level get it wrong sometimes…the attempted tackle by Christian Lealiifano on Jonathan Davies

by Dr Sharief Hendricks (@Sharief_H) On Saturday 22 June 2013, the British and Irish Lions recorded a historic win over the Wallabies in the First Test (of three) in Brisbane. As the score suggests, it was a fiercely contested match, and made for some entertaining rugby with debutant Israel Folau crossing the try-line twice, George […]

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Wounds in Rugby – IT’S A DIRTY OLD GAME

The UK trainee perspective (The BJSM blog features the trainee perspective every two weeks)* Guest blog by Dr Dee Clark Over the time I have worked with Rugby Union teams, I have come across a number of methods for players dealing with their own skin “wounds”.  These have ranged from use of safety pins, sewing […]

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Concussion in sport: The Consensus

Concussion is certainly hot this week! Lots of news stories of variable quality. Today we review the International Consensus statement itself. This practical resource was established, using a consensus-based approach, at the 3rd International Conference on Concussion in Sport held in Zurich, November 2008. It updates the recommendations of the 1st (Vienna) and 2nd (Prague) International Symposia on Concussion in […]

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Crying wolf: When media reports distort research evidence

As a researcher who has spent a considerable period investigating the risks of injury 1 2 in rugby, and setting up and evaluating injury prevention programmes designed to mitigate the risks 3, I read the BBC media report of July 4, 2010 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10501327) quoting Professor Allyson Pollock that ‘high tackles and scrums should be banned […]

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