Spinal injuries in rugby union, 1970–2003: lessons and responsibilities

  title={Spinal injuries in rugby union, 1970–2003: lessons and responsibilities},
  author={P. T. Haylen},
  journal={Medical Journal of Australia},
  • P. T. Haylen
  • Published 1 July 2004
  • Medicine
  • Medical Journal of Australia
There was an increase in the frequency of rugby union spinal injuries worldwide during the 1970s and early 1980s. The United Kingdom and Australia have since had some success in reducing this increase in spinal injuries. These changes were the result of actions by rugby union authorities in response to recommendations by medical advisors; legal action by injured players has also played a part. The frequency of spinal injuries has not decreased in New Zealand (up to 2000) and South Africa (up to… 

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