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A Journal on Orthopedics and Traumatology
SPORTS SPECIFIC TRAUMATOLOGY - PART II
Minerva Ortopedica e Traumatologica 2010 December;61(6):505-15
Epidemiology and injury incidence in rugby union between 1993 and 2007. A review
Harris D. A.
Teesside Sports Injury Centre, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, UK
Acknowledged to be one of the most popular contact sports in the world, rugby union is also frequently portrayed as a sport with high injury incidence rates. As the sport grows in popularity with players and spectators alike, increasing concern has been expressed regarding serious spinal and life-altering injuries. Studies into epidemiology of injury within specific competitions or populations is ongoing; however to date there is very little compilation of these studies to produce an overall view of injury incidence over a significant period of time. This review attempts to fill this void by collating data from previous studies, to examine the rates of injury within the sport, in addition to investigating whether the type of injury and the area of the body predominantly injured have changed.