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Professionalism and injuries in rugby union
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  1. J R Silver
  1. Fellow of the Institute of Sports Medicine Consultant in Spinal Injuries,National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Bucks, UK

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    Editor,—Garraway et al1 are to be congratulated on their meticulous investigation of the incidence of rugby injuries.

    Rugby has a very high incidence of injuries. Garraway et al state: “An injury episode occurred in a professional team for every 59 minutes of competitive play”—that is, one serious injury among 30 professional players every 59 minutes. Of greater concern is the fact that Garraway et al reported two neck dislocations, one of which resulted in permanent neurological damage, in this recent paper compared with nil in the earlier one.2

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