Research project reveals hidden danger of spinal injuries

This is an excerpt from a story published in today’s issue of League Express newspaper, which is out in all good newsagents right now. If you can’t get your hands on a hard copy, click here to download a digital version to your computer or smartphone.

An academic team at Leeds Metropolitan University has published the results of a research project that appears to reveal that rugby players of either code suffer far more back injuries than previously had been thought.

Team leader Karen Hind, a Senior Research Fellow and Certified Clinical Densitometrist, found that at least one-third of professional rugby players have suffered spinal injuries equivalent to those of a car-crash victim.

Between November 2010 and May 2012 she examined 95 professional from both codes of rugby – 52 from two Rugby League clubs, one in Super League and one in the Championship, and 43 from a single Aviva Premiership club – to establish the prevalence of vertebral fractures.

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