Declining Incidence of Catastrophic Cervical Spine Injuries in French Rugby: 1996-2006

  title={Declining Incidence of Catastrophic Cervical Spine Injuries in French Rugby: 1996-2006},
  author={Yoann Bohu and Marc Julia and Christian Bagate and Jean Claude Peyrin and J P Colonna and Patricia Thoreux and Hugues Pascal-Moussellard},
  journal={The American Journal of Sports Medicine},
  pages={319 - 323}
Purpose To investigate the incidence and the risk factors of catastrophic cervical spine injuries in French rugby. Study Design Descriptive epidemiology study. Methods The patients included had cervical spine injuries causing neurological disorder classified from the ASIA scale, grade A to D. A retrospective review of all cases that occurred between the 1996-1997 and the 2005-2006 seasons was made. Circumstances of the injuries and of the clinical outcome were collected by interview. Results… 
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