Evidence in support of the call to ban the tackle and harmful contact in school rugby: a response to World Rugby

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/622337
Title:
Evidence in support of the call to ban the tackle and harmful contact in school rugby: a response to World Rugby
Authors:
Pollock, Allyson M.; White, Adam John; Kirkwood, Graham
Abstract:
In a paper published in BJSM (June 2016), World Rugby employees Ross Tucker and Martin Raftery and a third coauthor Evert Verhagen took issue with the recent call to ban tackling in school rugby in the UK and Ireland. That call (to ban tackling) was supported by a systematic review published in BJSM. Tucker et al claim that: (1) the mechanisms and risk factors for injury along with the incidence and severity of injury in youth rugby union have not been thoroughly identified or understood; (2) rugby players are at no greater risk of injury than other sports people, (3) this is particularly the case for children under 15 years and (4) removing the opportunity to learn the tackle from school pupils might increase rates of injuries. They conclude that a ban ‘may be unnecessary and may also lead to unintended consequences such as an increase in the risk of injury later in participation.’ Here we aim to rebut the case by Tucker et al. We share new research that extends the findings of our original systematic review and meta-analysis. A cautionary approach requires the removal of the tackle from school rugby as the quickest and most effective method of reducing high injury rates in youth rugby, a public health priority.
Affiliation:
Newcastle University; University of Winchester
Citation:
Pollock AM, White AJ, Kirkwood G (2017) 'Evidence in support of the call to ban the tackle and harmful contact in school rugby: a response to World Rugby', British Journal of Sports Medicine, 51 (51).
Publisher:
BMJ
Journal:
British Journal of Sports Medicine
Issue Date:
1-Aug-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/622337
DOI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2016-096996
Additional Links:
http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/51/15/1113
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0306-3674
Appears in Collections:
Sport and physical activity

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dc.contributor.authorPollock, Allyson M.en
dc.contributor.authorWhite, Adam Johnen
dc.contributor.authorKirkwood, Grahamen
dc.date.accessioned2017-10-30T14:14:45Z-
dc.date.available2017-10-30T14:14:45Z-
dc.date.issued2017-08-01-
dc.identifier.citationPollock AM, White AJ, Kirkwood G (2017) 'Evidence in support of the call to ban the tackle and harmful contact in school rugby: a response to World Rugby', British Journal of Sports Medicine, 51 (51).en
dc.identifier.issn0306-3674-
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2016-096996-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/622337-
dc.description.abstractIn a paper published in BJSM (June 2016), World Rugby employees Ross Tucker and Martin Raftery and a third coauthor Evert Verhagen took issue with the recent call to ban tackling in school rugby in the UK and Ireland. That call (to ban tackling) was supported by a systematic review published in BJSM. Tucker et al claim that: (1) the mechanisms and risk factors for injury along with the incidence and severity of injury in youth rugby union have not been thoroughly identified or understood; (2) rugby players are at no greater risk of injury than other sports people, (3) this is particularly the case for children under 15 years and (4) removing the opportunity to learn the tackle from school pupils might increase rates of injuries. They conclude that a ban ‘may be unnecessary and may also lead to unintended consequences such as an increase in the risk of injury later in participation.’ Here we aim to rebut the case by Tucker et al. We share new research that extends the findings of our original systematic review and meta-analysis. A cautionary approach requires the removal of the tackle from school rugby as the quickest and most effective method of reducing high injury rates in youth rugby, a public health priority.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherBMJen
dc.relation.urlhttp://bjsm.bmj.com/content/51/15/1113en
dc.rightsGreen - can archive pre-print and post-print or publisher's version/PDF-
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectC600 Sports Scienceen
dc.subjectrugbyen
dc.subjecttacklingen
dc.subjectcontact sporten
dc.titleEvidence in support of the call to ban the tackle and harmful contact in school rugby: a response to World Rugbyen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentNewcastle Universityen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Winchesteren
dc.identifier.journalBritish Journal of Sports Medicineen
dc.date.updated2017-10-30T12:12:14Z-
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