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Response to: Preventing penalty corner injuries and head trauma in field hockey—time to consider the power play?
  1. Udo Rolle1,
  2. Peter Wefers Bettink2
  1. 1Department of Paediatric Surgery and Paediatric Urology Frankfurt, University Hospital of the Goethe-University, Frankfurt/M, Germany
  2. 2Federation International de Hockey (FIH), Lausanne, Switzerland
  1. Correspondence to Professor Udo Rolle, Department of Paediatric Surgery and Paediatric Urology, University Hospital of the Goethe-University Frankfurt/M., Theodor-Stern-Kai 7, Frankfurt/M. 60590, Germany; udo.rolle{at}

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In their recent editorial, Batten et al1 discuss the high risk of injury during penalty corners in field hockey. The authors note the potential risk of head injuries caused by the frequently used drag flicks during penalty corners in field hockey and recommend the removal of the penalty corner and a change involving the use of a specialised power play. The authors consequently recommend further injury research on field hockey penalty corners.

We do not entirely agree with this editorial and especially with its strong conclusion. …

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