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What counts as ‘the evidence’? A need for an urgent review of injury risk in school rugby

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posted on 09.01.2018 by Joe Piggin, Alan Bairner
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).

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British Journal of Sports Medicine

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, 53(1), pp 10-11.

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© The Authors. Published by BMJ Publishing Group

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

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04/01/2018

Publication date

2018

Notes

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

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1473-0480

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en

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