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In a new study published in journal Scientific Reports, scientists at NDORMS and the University of Bath have identified a high prevalence of osteoarthritis, hip and knee replacement among former elite rugby players.

Rugby is played globally, by over 7 million participants. Despite a growing body of research supporting current player health, and the understanding and prevention of injuries, to date there has been a lack of large-scale studies examining longer-term player health. In this study by Davies et al. the authors have shown that former elite, male rugby union players are at a greater risk of suffering from osteoarthritis, joint replacement and osteoporosis, than members of the general population.

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