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Title: What counts as ‘the evidence’? A need for an urgent review of injury risk in school rugby
Authors: Piggin, Joe
Bairner, Alan
Keywords: Rugby
Health promotion
Public health
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: © The Authors. Published by BMJ Publishing Group
Citation: PIGGIN, J. and BAIRNER, A., 2018. What counts as ‘the evidence’? A need for an urgent review of injury risk in school rugby. British Journal of Sports Medicine, In Press.
Abstract: In March 2016, an open letter called for the removal of tackling in school rugby union. In response, the Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) of the UK consulted, gathered evidence and continued with the status quo – they endorsed tackling in school rugby. The CMOs stated that ‘the evidence does not support the conclusions and recommendations laid out in [the] open letter.’ The CMOs relied on a report from the UK Physical Activity Expert Group (PAEG) and a review article by Dr Ross Tucker and colleagues in the BJSM. We highlight 5 problems with the evidence that the CMOs used to make their decision stemming from a report to the CMOs by the Physical Activity Expert Group (PAEG).
Description: This paper was accepted for publication in the journal British Journal of Sports Medicine and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2017-098484
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2017-098484
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/28000
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2017-098484
ISSN: 1473-0480
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